HIST 3640 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Alienist, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, George Miller Beard

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The patient"s voice as a historical source. Literature as a historical source on mental illness. Gender and mental illness; feminism and psychiatry. Essentially any physical or emotional instability refers back to hysteria. Antiquity symptoms are typical due to the antiquity of hysteria. Hysteria and the wandering womb women"s gynecology as a source of mental and physical illness. Hysteria is a woman"s disease the women"s womb was searching for liquid from the rest of the body. Intercourse for married women and marriage for single women. Hysteria, demonic possession, and accusations of witchcraft. Hysteria as a disease of the nerves (not the uterus) Hysteria becomes a disease of the man (all humans are susceptible as the connection to the uterus fades) Laudanum calming prescription made up of opium and alcohol. Gains his fame through catherine walpole (daughter of the prime minister) she"s having pain in her side, fainting, etc.

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