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

Sabine Arnaud


This book studies the formation of a medical category, hysteria, from the seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries. Tracing its transformations and asking what was at stake in writing the diagnosis, the book makes three innovative contributions. Firstly, focusing on a period largely ignored by scholarship, it underlines that hysteria was a category invented in the eighteenth century. The study shows that conceptions of convulsions in a religious context made up only a fraction of writings on hysteric pathology, which was also widely discussed in medical contexts and was a common reference in ... More

Keywords: hysteria, Foucault, history of medicine, medical categories, narrative, writing practices, gender, reception of knowledge, cultural imagining, doctor patient relationship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226275543
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226275680.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sabine Arnaud, author
Institute for the History of Science, Berlin