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Prof. Scull’s latest book published – Hysteria: The Biography

Prof. Andy Scull has a new book published entitled, Hysteria: The Biography. Professor Scull tells the story of hysteria–an illness that disappeared not through medical endeavor, but through growing understanding and cultural change. The nineteenth century seems to have been full of hysterical women–or so they were diagnosed. Where are they now? The very disease no longer exists. The book discusses the origins of the idea of hysteria, the development of a neurological approach by John Sydenham and others, hysteria as a fashionable condition, its growth from the 17th century,and the “disease” decline.

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