Hysterical Men: The Hidden History of Male Nervous Illness

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - History - 366 pages
Over the course of several centuries, Western masculinity has successfully established itself as the voice of reason, knowledge, and sanity - he basis for patriarchal rule - in the face of massive testimony to the contrary. This book boldly challenges this triumphant vision of the stable and secure male by examining the central role played by modern science and medicine in constructing and sustaining it.
 

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From Charcot to Freud This is a fascinating inquiry into the history of male nervous illness surveying the major thinkers and social scientists who helped to demystify mental illness through clinical ... Read full review

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Micale (history & history of medicine, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) writes here about what he calls the "hidden history" of male nervous illness, or hysteria, exploring its denial and theories ... Read full review

Contents

The Male Malady
1
1 Hysterick Women and Hypochondriack Men
8
2 The Great Victorian Eclipse
49
3 Charcot and La Grande Hystérie Masculine
117
4 Male Hysteria at the Fin de Siècle
162
5 Freud and the Origins of Psychoanalysis
228
Conclusion Men and the Fictions of Medicine
276
Notes
287
Index
349
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Mark S. Micale is Associate Professor of History and the History of Medicine, University of Illinois in Urbanandash;Champaign.

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