Noddle Pox: Syphilis and the Conception of Nosomania/Nosophobia (c. 1665–c. 1965)

  title={Noddle Pox: Syphilis and the Conception of Nosomania/Nosophobia (c. 1665–c. 1965)},
  author={Diederik F. Janssen},
  journal={Canadian Bulletin of Medical History},
  pages={319 - 359}
  • Diederik F. Janssen
  • Published 20 August 2020
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Canadian Bulletin of Medical History
Abstract:Hypochondriac or phobic reactions to venereal disease, specifically syphilis, have invited over three centuries of medical reification and nosological reframing. This bibliographic overview establishes that the early specification and psychiatricization of early modern concepts of melancholy and hypochondriasis, imaginary syphilis or syphilophobia, animated the early respective territorializations of venereology, infectiology more broadly, neurology, and mental medicine. Together with… 


The number of patients requiring treatment from the venereological aspect may be diminishing, those who are really psychiatric patients may well increase, and syphilophobia is not only a fascinating manifestation of mental illness, but it also provides an excellent example of how fruitful close cooperation between a psychiatrist and other medical or surgical specialties can be.
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  • Psychology
    The British journal of venereal diseases
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Using the one or two cases of syphilophobia which I have had as illustrations, it is suggested that the general question of the causal origin of phobias, with especial reference to syPhilophobia, is dealt with, because before the latter the authors need to understand the psychopathology of phobia in general.
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    The British journal of venereal diseases
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The sufferer from venereal disease phobia, unfortunately seen so frequently nowadays (Rogerson, 1951), had, according to Richard Wiseman (1676), his predecessor in the second half of the 17th century, some justification for such a fear.
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The ninth volume of Fortschritte der praktischen Dermatologie und Venerologie (Progress in Practical Dermatology and Venereology) contains 47 papers presented at the University of Munich in conjunction with the professional organization of German dermatologists from July 30 to Aug 3, 1979.
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  • Medicine, Psychology
    The British journal of venereal diseases
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This survey is a first impression gained under the conditions out- lined, and is by no means a comprehensive survey of the extent of psychiatric disturbance in patients.
Industrial development in the United States has resulted in a marked degree of standardization of thought and action, and many laymen believe that not only the presence or absence of disease but the name of the disease as well can be so determined.
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