» » Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris

eBook Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris epub

by Asti Hustvedt

eBook Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris epub
  • ISBN: 1408815125
  • Author: Asti Hustvedt
  • Genre: No category
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Export ed edition (2011)
  • ePUB size: 1104 kb
  • FB2 size 1197 kb
  • Formats lrf rtf docx mobi


MEDICAL MUSES: The Culture of Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris. Пользовательский отзыв - Kirkus. Asti Hustvedt received her PhD in French literature from New York University.

MEDICAL MUSES: The Culture of Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris. A compelling analysis of hysteria told through the stories of three young women afflicted with the illness. In the late 1800s, the Salpetriere Hospital in Paris was notorious for its controversial. Библиографические данные. Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris.

Start by marking Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read.

During the decade of the 1870s, three young women found themselves in the hysteria ward of the Salpetriere Hospital in Paris under the direction of the prominent neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. All three - Blanche, Augustine, and Genevieve - would become medical celebrities. The stories of their lives as patients on the ward are a strange amalgam of science and religion, medicine and the occult, hypnotism, love, and theater. The illness they suffered from was hysteria.

Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris. In 1862 the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris became the epicenter of the study of hysteria, the mysterious illness then thought to affect half of all women. There, prominent neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot's contentious methods caused furore within the church and divided the medical community. Treatments included hypnosis, piercing and the evocation of demons and, despite the controversy they caused, the experiments became a fascinating and fashionable public spectacle

Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris. 372 pp. W. Norton & Company.

Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris. Kathryn Harrison’s new novel, Enchantments, will be published next year.

Medical Muses : The Culture of Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris. Blanche, Augustine, and Genevieve found themselves in the hysteria ward of the Salpetriere Hospital in 1870s Paris, where their care was directed by the prominent neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. They became medical celebrities: every week, eager crowds arrived at the hospital to observe their symptoms; they were photographed, sculpted, painted, and transformed into characters in novels.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Start by marking Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. عاينة المستخدمين - Kirkus. Asti Hustvedt is an independent scholar who has written extensively on hysteria and literature. She has a PhD in French literature from New York University, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Phi Betta Kapa Fellowship.

Medicine & Health Sciences.

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 . Books related to Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris.

Books related to Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris.

Book by Asti Hustvedt
Comments: (7)
Shalizel
One of the most clever and fascinating books about hysteria that I've read (I'm a psychiatrist). Those angry one-star reviews by furious CFS activists are just a pitty, really... They just miss the whole point of this book, which provides solid and clear information and intelligent reflections about one of the most legendary periods in the history of medicine, and about some of the darkest and deepest aspects of human nature. A truly beautiful work of art and science.
Dusar
I am in the biomedical research field and like to look into the history of medicine and found this book very interesting. It is written by a historian and is more about the history of this field, but still very interesting about what doctors and scientists thought at the time and their interaction with the public particularly the aristocracy.
skriper
Assuredly and gracefully written, this is a carefully researched, vivid and humane account of a medical condition that still holds fascination, and great resonance today. In its way, it is daring because the author challenges our own era's accepted medical orthodoxy: illness as a "biological glitch" and instead subtly posits a return to studying the role--and the extraordinary power--of the unconscious in our sufferings, particularly the sufferings of the mentally ill.
nadness
Somebody with no medical or psychological training has definite opinions (her word) about the practice of medicine and psychiatry by pioneers, a long time before Freud, Lacan, Foucault. By the way, neither Freud, nor Lacan, nor Foucault are mentioned, not even in the index or in the bibliography. The writer should stay with books and people who mistreated women, deliberately. No need to call Charcot a charlatan!
Kikora
Asti Hustvedt's book is not only beautifully written and incredibly well researched but it is a real page turner. The book chronicles the stories of 3 of Charcot's patients with great compassion and complexity. In a pre-Freudian era where symptoms were devoid of internal meaning and the unconscious played no role, the book delineates the historical swing of the pendulum from biological to psychological and back again. It makes the important point that symptoms are real no matter what the cause, be they social, cultural or psychological. Equally important is Hustvedt's emphasis that we shouldn't disparage human suffering if it has not been "proven" to have a biological basis. Of special note are the photos in the book which are are both shocking and magnificent in their illustration of hysteria.
Sharpbinder
It comes as no surprise that photography and entertainment have been used as tools to exploit the oppressed, but what happens when medical professionals are the ones behind it? Asti Hustvedt explores this idea in Medical Muses.

In the beginning, Hustvedt alludes to an Andre Brouillet painting of a doctor lecturing a group of men about hysteria with a female model. This model is a performing hysteric who works for Dr. Charcot and she is just one of the several women exploited for this purpose. Blanche Wittmann was considered the "queen of hysterics" at the age of 18. Her traumatic childhood left her imprisoned in a hospital for those deemed insane or untreatable. The ability to perform gave Blanche a dose of freedom in a time when "hysteria has become a fascinating and fashionable spectactle."

Hustvedt demonstrates excellent research and intriguing depictions of those involved. The author's rich background as a writer, editor, and traslator has perfectly suited her to write this piece, which is in no way clinical or dry. "Medical Muses" is not only nuanced and insightful, but it also delves into the role of photography in exploiting the oppressed. You must check out Face of Madness: Hugh W. Diamond and the Origin of Psychiatric Photography for more pictures. The writing may be quite clinical but it has an interesting antique qaulity. By the end of the book, she arrives at an intriguing concept: not only were these "muses" exploited by others, but they were also exploiting the system in their own right! Ultimately, these women found that the hospital they were living in was less oppressive than the world waiting for them outside - what a scary thought!
Gavinrage
I was very interested in reading this book. Quack medicine is always a spectacle. I enjoyed the beginning, but then the text got bogged down in repeating the same information. It also seems to jump back and forth in times with patients and doctors, at times. After 50 pages or so, I felt like I was slogging through a doctoral thesis. Slow, plodding reading. If the author had stuck with a simpler narrative, it would have read easier. Three stars for an interesting topic.
eBooks Related to Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris
Contacts | Privacy Policy | DMCA
All rights reserved.
lycee-pablo-picasso.fr © 2016-2020