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Does hysteria exist?

Series title

Healings

Reference

2924

Duration

00:05:00

Production year

2010

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Summary

In this second chapter of the DVD "Recoveries" featuring 18 short films on illness, care and the caregiver-patient relationship, Raphaël Mandressi, historian of medicine, retraces the history of hysteria.
This condition or disorder has been mentioned since ancient times. Viewed as affecting specifically women, its causes were directly related to the woman's body, moods and sexuality. It caused mental disorders and patients were treated by fumigation.
Mandressi discusses the work of Jean-Martin Charcot in the 19th century. Hysteria, a condition being taken care of in psychiatric wards, is still linked to women and their sexual health.
Mandressi's discussions are illustrated by pictorial representations and an excerpt of an incunabula of scientific cinema "Névropathologie" .

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