Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris (Paperback)
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Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 02/08/2012
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In 1862 the Salpetriere Hospital in Paris became the epicenter of the study of hysteria, the mysterious illness then thought to affect half of all women. There, prominent neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot's contentious methods caused furore within the church and divided the medical community. Treatments included hypnosis, piercing and the evocation of demons and, despite the controversy they caused, the experiments became a fascinating and fashionable public spectacle. Medical Muses tells the stories of the women institutionalised in the Salpetriere. Theirs is a tale of science and ideology, medicine and the occult, of hypnotism, sadism, love and theatre. Combining hospital records, municipal archives, memoirs and letters, Medical Muses sheds new light on a crucial moment in psychiatric history.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408822357
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 262 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Fascinating and beautifully written * Guardian *
Fascinating ... gives us a disturbing insight into the extent to which doctors, patients and diseases, both then and now, are products of their time * Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times *
Thoughtful and engrossing * Miranda Seymour, Daily Telegraph *
The thoroughly researched, very readable material brings to life their strange and remarkable stories, told in meticulous detail, as well as the brilliance and brutality of the great physician * Independent *
Consistently enthralling * Kathryn Harrison, New York Times *
Fascinating ... This account of psychiatry in its infancy is unforgettable -- Lesley McDowell * Independent on Sunday *
Asti Hustvedt has tapped into a deeply fascinating seam of medical history here ... Her descriptions of patients, and of Jean-Martin Charcot, the doctor who treated them, are peerless -- William Leith * Scotsman *

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