Hysteria and neurasthenia in pre-1914 British medical discourse and in histories of shell-shock.

Abstract

Histories of shell-shock have argued that the diagnosis was subdivided into the categories hysteria and neurasthenia, and that the differential distribution and treatment of these diagnoses was shaped by class and gender expectations. These arguments depend on the presentation of hysteria and neurasthenia as opposed constructs in British medical discourse… (More)

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