Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris

Asti Hustvedt (Author)
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Description

In 1862 the Salpetriere Hospital in Paris became the epicenter of the study of hysteria, the mysterious illness then thought to affect half of all women. There, prominent neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot's contentious methods caused furore within the church and divided the medical community. Treatments included hypnosis, piercing and the evocation of demons and, despite the controversy they caused, the experiments became a fascinating and fashionable public spectacle. Medical Muses tells the stories of the women institutionalised in the Salpetriere. Theirs is a tale of science and ideology, medicine and the occult, of hypnotism, sadism, love and theatre. Combining hospital records, municipal archives, memoirs and letters, Medical Muses sheds new light on a crucial moment in psychiatric history.

Product Details

Price
£12.99  £12.08
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date
2 August 2012
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781408822357
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