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Author Arnaud, Sabine, author.

Title On hysteria : the invention of a medical category between 1670 and 1820 / Sabine Arnaud.

Published Chicago The University of Chicago Press, 2015.


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Uniform title Invention de l'hystérie au temps des Lumières, 1670-1820. English
Physical description xi, 351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Subject Hysteria -- History.
Hysteria -- France -- History -- 18th century.
Hysteria -- Early works to 1800.
Hysteria -- Social aspects.
Hysteria in literature.
ISBN 9780226275543 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780226275680 (ebook)