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The Resource Hysteria complicated by ecstasy : the case of Nanette Leroux, Jan Goldstein, (electronic resource)

Hysteria complicated by ecstasy : the case of Nanette Leroux, Jan Goldstein, (electronic resource)

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Hysteria complicated by ecstasy : the case of Nanette Leroux
Title
Hysteria complicated by ecstasy
Title remainder
the case of Nanette Leroux
Statement of responsibility
Jan Goldstein
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Language
eng
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CaPaEBR
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1946-
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Goldstein, Jan
Dewey number
616.8524
LC call number
RC532
LC item number
.H65 2011eb
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  • Leroux, Nanette
  • Hysteria
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Hysteria Complicated by Ecstasy offers a rare window into the inner life of a person ordinarily inaccessible to historians: a semiliterate peasant girl who lived almost two centuries ago, in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Eighteen-year-old Nanette Leroux fell ill in 1822 with a variety of incapacitating nervous symptoms. Living near the spa at Aix-les-Bains, she became the charity patient of its medical director, Antoine Despine, who treated her with hydrotherapy and animal magnetism, as hypnosis was then called. Jan Goldstein translates, and provides a substantial introduction to, the previously unpublished manuscript recounting Nanette's strange illness--a manuscript coauthored by Despine and Alexandre Bertrand, the Paris physician who memorably diagnosed Nanette as suffering from "hysteria complicated by ecstasy." While hysteria would become a fashionable disease among urban women by the end of the nineteenth century, the case of Nanette Leroux differs sharply from this pattern in its early date and rural setting.Filled with intimate details about Nanette's behavior and extensive quotations of her utterances, the case is noteworthy for the sexual references that contemporaries did not recognize as such; for its focus on the difference between biological and social time; and for Nanette's fascination with the commodities available in the region's nascent marketplace. Goldstein's introduction brilliantly situates the text in its multiple contexts, examines it from the standpoint of early nineteenth-century medicine, and uses the insights of Foucault and Freud to craft a twenty-first-century interpretation.A compelling, multilayered account of one young woman's mental afflictions, Hysteria Complicated by Ecstasy is an extraordinary addition to the cultural and social history of psychiatry and medicine
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Hysteria complicated by ecstasy : the case of Nanette Leroux, Jan Goldstein, (electronic resource)
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001101138
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unknown
Isbn
9781400833719
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(e-book)
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Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary, 2013. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ebrary affiliated libraries.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0001101138
Label
Hysteria complicated by ecstasy : the case of Nanette Leroux, Jan Goldstein, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001101138
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9781400833719
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Note
Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary, 2013. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ebrary affiliated libraries.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0001101138

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