By Julien Bogousslavsky
Hysteria is among the situation which most sensible illustrates the tight connection among neurology and psychiatry. whereas it's been recognized considering antiquity, its renewed reviews through the nineteenth century have been regularly as a result of paintings of Jean-Martin Charcot and his tuition in Paris. This ebook specializes in those early advancements, within which rapid fans of Charcot, together with Babinski, Freud, Janet, Richer, and Gilles de l. a. Tourette have been concerned. Hysteria is often regarded as a that frequently ends up in striking manifestations (e.g. convulsions, palsies), even though either structural and practical imaging info make certain the absence of constant and reproducible structural lesions. whereas quite a few hypotheses have attempted to provide an explanation for the incidence of this impressive phenomenon, the best nosology and pathophysiology of tension stay elusive.
This quantity deals a charming and informative learn for neurologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists, in addition to for basic physicians, historians, and everybody drawn to the advancements of 1 of the main fascinating stipulations in medication.
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Pain is the only symptom that affects one or more anatomical sites, with psychological factors playing a dominant role in the onset and persistence of pain. Location, radiation, duration, intensity, and type are personal, unique, and incomparable, often located on the left side of the body as observed by Briquet . 4)  and described a specific sign: ‘hysterical cardialgia provoked by traction and Clinical Manifestations of Hysteria Bogousslavsky J (ed): Hysteria: The Rise of an Enigma. Front Neurol Neurosci.
For Sollier, anorexia was the key symptom, always present in patients and its disappearance indicated the beginning of convalescence . Other vegetative disorders have been reported such as respiratory disorders, cardiovascular phases of tachycardia or brachycardia, and sphincter disorders with urine incontinence or emotional diarrhea [15, 26]. 38 Similar effects, but localized in the peripheral autonomic nervous system, can be observed. Under the name of physiopathic disorders, Babinski and Froment described vasomotor and trophic disorders that appear during certain hysterical paralyses.
Other Patients Appear At the same time as hysteria, or after its decline, other phenomena or conditions (and other patients) made their entrance on the clinical scene and eventually took front stage. Some of them undeniably belonged to the spectrum of hysteria, as was the case for ecmnesia, multiple personalities, and mad travelers, as well as – the most important – neurasthenia. • It was Pitres, in his 52nd lesson , who described the first case of ecmnesia in Albertine: an ‘interesting’ hysterical woman.