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

Jette Møllerhøj

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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.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftHistory of Psychiatry
Vol/bind20
Udgave nummer78 Pt 2
Sider (fra-til)163-83
Antal sider21
ISSN0957-154X
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2009
Udgivet eksterntJa

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