Charcot in Contemporary Literature

@article{Goetz2006CharcotIC,
  title={Charcot in Contemporary Literature},
  author={Christopher G Goetz},
  journal={Journal of the History of the Neurosciences},
  year={2006},
  volume={15},
  pages={22 - 30}
}
  • C. Goetz
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Art
  • Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Charcot and his medical observations remain an enduring topic of scientific study in neurology, but he is also the topic of modern literary works. This essay examines the depiction of Jean-Martin Charcot (1825–1893) as a character in late-twentieth-century literature as an index of the contemporary nonmedical literary public's interest in neurology and Charcot. It focuses on three contemporary works that involve Charcot as a central figure with comparison between primary source documents and… 
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