Medical muses is a book that explores the treatment and study of hysterics by charcot in 19th century france but also shows a parallel to the climate surrounding treatment of similar conditions today. Medical muses hysteria in nineteenth century paris hustvedt asti medical muses hysteria in nineteenth century paris new york w w norton 2011 pp 372 approaching her project with a preconceived notion that because hysteria was in part an illness of being a woman in an era that strictly limited female roles hysterics must . Medical muses the culture of hysteria in nineteenth century paris user review kirkus a compelling analysis of hysteria told through the stories of three young women afflicted with the illnessin the late 1800s the salpetriere hospital in paris was notorious for its controversial . In her gripping social history medical muses hysteria in nineteenth century paris asti hustvedt relates the stories of three french women blanche wittmann augustine gleizes and genevive basile legrand whose manipulation by and of a paternalistic medical system has much to say about how we treat mysterious illness today. Medical musing on politics poetry and hysteria since antiquity medical personnel have dismissed highly emotional women as hysterical in medical muses asti hustvedt travels back to a 19th
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