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Hysteria: The Biography (Biographies of Disease) (Hardcover)

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The nineteenth century seems to have been full of hysterical women--or so they were diagnosed. Where are they now? The very disease no longer exists. In this fascinating account, Andrew Scull tells the story of hysteria--an illness that disappeared not through medical endeavor, but through growing understanding and cultural change. The lurid history of hysteria makes fascinating reading. Charcot's clinics showed off flamboyantly hysterical patients taking on sexualized poses, and among the visiting professionals was one Sigmund Freud. Scull discusses the origins of the idea of hysteria, the development of a neurological approach by John Sydenham and others, hysteria as a fashionable condition, and its growth from the 17th century. Subsequently, the disease declined and eventually disappeared.

About the Author

Andrew Scull is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at UC San Diego.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780199560967
ISBN-10: 019956096X
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: November 1st, 2009
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Biographies of Disease
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