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

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  2. 'The "schizophrenic" in the self-consciousness of schizophrenic patients', by Mari Nagai (1990)

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  • Jette Møllerhøj
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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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHistory of Psychiatry
Volume20
Issue number78 Pt 2
Pages (from-to)163-83
Number of pages21
ISSN0957-154X
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

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  • Attitude to Health, Denmark, Female, History, 19th Century, History, 20th Century, Humans, Hysteria, Male, Physician-Patient Relations, Psychiatry

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