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Encountering hysteria: doctors' and patients' perspectives on hysteria in Denmark, 1875-1918

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title = "Encountering hysteria: doctors' and patients' perspectives on hysteria in Denmark, 1875-1918",
abstract = "The history of hysteria stretches over several millennia and contains a plethora of different understandings and interpretations. This paper focuses on a central part of its Danish history, from the last decades of the nineteenth-century 'age of nervousness' until the end of World War I. It is argued that the understanding and negotiation of hysteria and its explanations took place in a complex interaction between doctors and their patients. Whereas the psychiatrists during this period moved towards an understanding of hysteria as a functional disorder, the patients, of whom approximately one-third were male, maintained that their illness was of somatic origin, and closely related to social, economic and working conditions.",
keywords = "Attitude to Health, Denmark, Female, History, 19th Century, History, 20th Century, Humans, Hysteria, Male, Physician-Patient Relations, Psychiatry",
author = "Jette M{\o}llerh{\o}j",
year = "2009",
month = jun,
language = "English",
volume = "20",
pages = "163--83",
journal = "History of Psychiatry",
issn = "0957-154X",
publisher = "Sage Publications Ltd",
number = "78 Pt 2",

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KW - Denmark

KW - Female

KW - History, 19th Century

KW - History, 20th Century

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KW - Male

KW - Physician-Patient Relations

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JO - History of Psychiatry

JF - History of Psychiatry

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