Studies in Hysteria

Studies in Hysteria


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Hysteria the tormenting of the body by the troubled mind is among the most pervasive of human disorders; yet, at the same time, it is the most elusive. Freud s recognition that hysteria stemmed from traumas in the patient s past transformed the way we think about sexuality. Studies in Hysteria is one of the founding texts of psychoanalysis, revolutionizing our understanding of love, desire, and the human psyche. As full of compassionate human interest as of scientific insight, these case histories are also remarkable, revelatory works of literature. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."

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  • Paperback | 315 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 20mm | 249.48g
  • Penguin Publishing Group
  • Penguin Books
  • London, EnglandUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0142437492
  • 9780142437490
  • 223,083

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