On the "Disappearance" of Hysteria: A Study in the Clinical Deconstruction of a Diagnosis

  title={On the "Disappearance" of Hysteria: A Study in the Clinical Deconstruction of a Diagnosis},
  author={Mark Stephen Micale},
  pages={496 - 526}
  • M. Micale
  • Published 1 September 1993
  • Art, Medicine
  • Isis
L'histoire de la psychiatrie est marquee par un ballet de maladies qui apparait et disparait au cours des siecles. Parmi celles-ci, l'hysterie, tres repandue du temps de Freud et de Charcot semble avoir disparue en cette fin du 20 e siecle 

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