Book ID: CBB986198630

On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category Between 1670 and 1820 (2015)

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These days, hysteria is known as a discredited diagnosis that was used to group and pathologize a wide range of conditions and behaviors in women. But for a long time, it was seen as a legitimate category of medical problem—and one that, originally, was applied to men as often as to women. In On Hysteria, Sabine Arnaud traces the creation and rise of hysteria, from its invention in the eighteenth century through nineteenth-century therapeutic practice. Hysteria took shape, she shows, as a predominantly aristocratic malady, only beginning to cross class boundaries (and be limited to women) during the French Revolution. Unlike most studies of the role and status of medicine and its categories in this period, On Hysteria focuses not on institutions but on narrative strategies and writing—the ways that texts in a wide range of genres helped to build knowledge through misinterpretation and recontextualized citation. Powerfully interdisciplinary, and offering access to rare historical material for the first time in English, On Hysteria will speak to scholars in a wide range of fields, including the history of science, French studies, and comparative literature.

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Review Lianne McTavish (2017) Review of "On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category Between 1670 and 1820". American Historical Review (pp. 1690-1691). unapi

Review Katharine Hodgkin (2017) Review of "On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category Between 1670 and 1820". Social History of Medicine (pp. 833-835). unapi

Review Kathryn Segesser (2017) Review of "On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category Between 1670 and 1820". Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences (pp. 393-395). unapi

Review Heather Meek (2016) Review of "On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category Between 1670 and 1820". Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (pp. 473-476). unapi

Review Daniela S. Barberis (2017) Review of "On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category Between 1670 and 1820". British Journal for the History of Science (pp. 148-149). unapi

Review Olivia Weisser (2016) Review of "On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category Between 1670 and 1820". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 840-841). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Silvano, Giovanni
Dodman, Thomas W.
Jennings, Eric Thomas
Duyker, Edward
Gissis, Snait B.
Goldstein, Jan E.
Journals
Social History of Medicine
Perspectives on Science
HOST: Journal of History of Science and Technology
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Intellectual History Review
French History
Publishers
Franco Angeli
Melbourne University Press
Harvard University Press
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
Cambridge University Press
Northwestern University
Concepts
French Revolution of 1789
Medicine and politics
Public health
Medicine
Medicine and society
Colonialism
People
Labillardière, Jacques-Julien Houtou de
Lamarck, Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monet de
Volney, Constantin François de
Lukács, György
Tocqueville, Alexis de
Renouvier, Charles Bernard
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
17th century
20th century
Enlightenment
20th century, early
Places
France
Paris (France)
Guadeloupe (Caribbean)
Great Britain
Levant and Near East
North Africa
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