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Analysis of Hysteria: Understanding Conversion and Dissociation, The

Harold Merskey


Price: £30.00

College members' price: £27.00

Published: 1995

Format: paperback

Number of pages: 486

ISBN: 9780902241886


 
Conversion and dissociation cover numerous phenomena and a wide range of ideas. The topic is central to understanding the relationship between mind and body. This book provides a survey of the whole range of hysterical phenomena, from classical paralyses and blindness to questions about hysterical personality and epidemic hysteria.

Contents

Part I. History and concepts

  • Some traditional concepts
  • Early neurological analyses
  • The turn of the century
  • The contribution of Freud
  • Combat hysteria
  • Ernst Kretschmer
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Part II. Motives and extremes

  • Malingering, self-damage and anorexia nervosa
  • Amnesia, pseudodementia and the Ganser syndrome: denial of illness
  • Compensation issues

Part III. Varied causes and symptoms

  • Organic brain disease
  • Pain
  • Somatisation disorder and somatisation
  • Hypochondriasis
  • The diversity of hysterical complaints
  • Epidemic or communicable hysteria
  • Chronic fatigue syndromes
  • Children
  • Suggestion and hypnotic phenomena
  • 'Multiple personality disorder'
  • Dissociation repression and false memories

Part IV. Individual dynamics and clinical subgroups

  • Personality traits
  • Psychoses
  • Psychoanalytic concepts

Part V. A perspective

  • The survival of hysteria
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