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Esman, A.H. (2012). Medical Muses: Hysteria In Nineteenth-Century Paris. By Asti Hustvedt. New York: W. W. Norton., 2011, 372 pp., $29.95.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 60(1):199-201.

(2012). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 60(1):199-201

Medical Muses: Hysteria In Nineteenth-Century Paris. By Asti Hustvedt. New York: W. W. Norton., 2011, 372 pp., $29.95.

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Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893) is one of the immortal figures in the history of medicine. For students of the central nervous system he is honored as the father of neurology, the first to identify and define such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and tabes dorsalis. For psychiatrists he rescued hysteria from the misogynistic mythology under which it had labored for centuries and addressed it as a disease to be studied scientifically.

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