Medical Muses (Hardcover)

Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris

By Asti Hustvedt

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393025606, 384pp.

Publication Date: May 23, 2011

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But who were Blanche, Augustine, and Genevieve? What role did they play in their own peculiar form of stardom? And what exactly were they suffering from? Hysteria--with its dramatic seizures, hallucinations, and reenactments of past traumas--may be an illness of the past, but the notions of femininity that lie behind it offer insights into disorders of the present.