A Clinical Manual of Mental Diseases 1918

A Clinical Manual of Mental Diseases 1918

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...must hysteria be differentiated from the neurasthenic-neuropathic symptom-groups, the psychasthenias, considered in Chapter VI, though the Freudian school has hopelessly confounded the two conditions. Hysteria, as a matter of fact, bears no relation to the fixed symptoms, the phobias, the indecisions, the irresistible impulses of psychasthenia, bears no relation to the special form of neuropathy presented nor to the accompanying neurasthenia. It should not be necessary to point out that the mere fact of a nervous symptom being obscure or not understood does not justify our terming it hysteric. What then is hysteria?-Space and the objects of the present volume forbid more than an allusion to the origin of the name. The latter is derived from the Greek word for uterus, oarlpa (hystera), and is based upon the idea of a causal relation between the uterus and the symptoms. The early Greeks believed that during a hysteric attack the uterus becomes detached from its moorings and goes wandering about the body seeking sexual satisfaction. It is interesting to note that in our own day, while the crude theory of the wandering uterus has been abandoned, ideas as to the sexual origin of hysteria have persisted. Unsatisfied passion, repressed sexual desire, unrequited love, genital irritation, and lastly, repressed memories of sexual peccadillos in childhood have all had their advocates; and it is likewise only in relatively recent times that the idea that hysteria is dependent upon disease of the uterus or ovaries has been abandoned. Happily, however, it is no longer necessary to point out that hysteria is uninfluenced by pelvic surgery and that it occurs in the male as well as in the female. Hysteria is an independent nervous affection. What is its nature?...show more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666373X
  • 9781236663733