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On hysteria : the invention of a medical category between 1670 and 1820

Author: Sabine Arnaud
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
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Genre/Form: Early works
History
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sabine Arnaud
ISBN: 9780226275543 022627554X
OCLC Number: 943045104
Description: 351 s. : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
Names and uses of a diagnosis --
The establishment of hysteria as a medical category --
An intermingling of terms --
First occurrences of the term "hysteria" --
Vaporous affection and social class --
Encounters between medical and religious spheres --
In search of metaphors: figuring what cannot be defined --
A catalog of images: Proteus, the chameleon, and the hydra --
Repeated quotations, divergent readings --
The writing of a pathology and practices of dissemination --
Dialogue --
Autobiography --
Fictional correspondence --
The epistolary consultation --
Anecdotes --
Code, truth, or ruse? the vapors in the republic of letters --
Well-timed fits --
The practice of vapors --
The force of the imagination --
Relating fits and creating enigmas: the role of narrative --
Bodies awaiting exegesis --
The rise of medical narrative --
In the shadow of a gothic tale --
Traps and countertraps --
The construction of secrets --
Adopting roles and redefining medicine --
To mystify or to demystify? establishing the role of the therapist --
Magnetism, parodies, and mystification: the art of framing a therapeutic --
Practice --
Strategies of legitimation and definitions of the patient to come --
Investing in women --
Conclusion.
Other Titles: Invention de l'hystérie au temps des Lumières, 1670-1820.
Responsibility: Sabine Arnaud.

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