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On Hysteria : The Invention of a Medical Category between 1670 and 1820.

Author: Sabine Arnaud
Publisher: Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press, 2015
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Additional Physical Format: Arnaud, Sabine
On hysteria
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015
xi, 351 Seiten
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sabine Arnaud
ISBN: 9780226275680 022627568X
OCLC Number: 1043848408
Description: 1 online resource (364 pages)
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
1. 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 --
2. In Search of Metaphors: Figuring What Cannot Be Defined --
A Catalog of Images: Proteus, the Chameleon, and the Hydra --
Repeated Quotations, Divergent Readings --
3. The Writing of a Pathology and Practices of Dissemination --
Dialogue --
Autobiography --
Fictional Correspondence --
The Epistolary Consultation --
Anecdotes --
4. Code, Truth, or Ruse? The Vapors in the Republic of Letters --
Well-Timed Fits --
The Practice of Vapors --
The Force of the Imagination --
5. 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 --
6. 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 --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.

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