Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris

3.58 avg rating
( 298 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781408822357: Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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. Medical Muses tells the stories of the women institutionalised in the Salpêtrière. Theirs is a tale of science and ideology, medicine and the occult, of hypnotism, sadism, love and theatre. Combining hospital records, municipal archives, memoirs and letters, Medical Muses sheds new light on a crucial moment in psychiatric history.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Asti Hustvedt is an independent scholar who has written extensively on hysteria and literature. She has a Ph.D 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. She is the editor of The Decadent Reader: Fiction, Fantasy and Perversion from Fin-de-Siecle France and has published many translations. She lives in New York City.

From Publishers Weekly:

Before she entered Salpêtrière Hospital in 1877, Blanche Wittmann was just another damaged child from a poor neighborhood of Paris. Raped by an employer, angry and seizure-prone, the 17-year-old girl almost inevitably became a charity patient of the hospitalâÇÖs mental wards. Once there, however, she came to the attention of one of FranceâÇÖs most famous scientists, the neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. Acclaimed for his work in diseases of the nervous system (he was the first physician to recognize that ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, was a disease of motor neurons), Charcot had developed a keen interest in the kind of neurotic fits exhibited by the teenage Blanche. Under his care and—critics would claim—his manipulation, she became not just a patient but a star performer known as âÇ£the queen of hysterics.âÇ¥ As Hustvedt details in this compassionate history, the doctor not only studied patients like Blanche, he turned them into public exhibits. Charcot and his colleagues, experimenting with treatment by hypnosis, often held theatrical demonstrations of their power over these troubled women: âÇ£Once hypnotized, Blanche became a smoothly running woman-machine....âÇ¥ These performances have led earlier writers to obsess over the circus-tent nature of the proceedings and the male arrogance of the research. And Hustvedt does explore those issues as well as CharcotâÇÖs eventual fall from professional grace. But her real fascination is in turning these so-called machines into real women, and she tells her story by deliberately focusing on three very dissimilar patients: the celebrated and obedient Blanche; a pretty and incurably willful Augustine; and a religion-crazed, demon-obsessed teenager called Geneviève. They are also completely alike in being poor, powerless, desperate. Their lives provide a near shocking contrast to the privileged existence of Charcot, married into wealth, residing in an ornate mansion on the Boulevard Saint-Germain. That imbalance is so strong (and wrong) that even today it overshadows his research into the elusive nature of neurotic behaviors. Hustvedt comes from a literary family; her sister is novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt, her brother-in-law Paul Auster. And she has worked as both an editor and translator. But this is her first time out as a book author, and itâÇÖs not surprising to find signs of inexperience in the work. She struggles with doing justice to the complex nature of CharcotâÇÖs work; she visibly gropes for a meaningful resolution to her tale. Still, she does a lovely, sympathetic job of illuminating the lost lives of the famous hysterics, reminding us that the story of science, far from being purely clinical, is ever the most human of stories. 40 illus. (May) Reviewed by Deborah Blum. Deborah Blum is author of The PoisonerâÇÖs Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York.
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780393025606: Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0393025608 ISBN 13:  9780393025606
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, 2011
Hardcover

9781408815120: Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris

Blooms..., 2011
Softcover

9780747576334: Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris

Blooms..., 2011
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Asti Hustvedt
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom (2012)
ISBN 10: 1408822350 ISBN 13: 9781408822357
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. In 1862 the Salpetriere 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. Medical Muses tells the stories of the women institutionalised in the Salpetriere. Theirs is a tale of science and ideology, medicine and the occult, of hypnotism, sadism, love and theatre. Combining hospital records, municipal archives, memoirs and letters, Medical Muses sheds new light on a crucial moment in psychiatric history. Seller Inventory # AA79781408822357

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.91
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Asti Hustvedt
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom (2012)
ISBN 10: 1408822350 ISBN 13: 9781408822357
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. In 1862 the Salpetriere 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. Medical Muses tells the stories of the women institutionalised in the Salpetriere. Theirs is a tale of science and ideology, medicine and the occult, of hypnotism, sadism, love and theatre. Combining hospital records, municipal archives, memoirs and letters, Medical Muses sheds new light on a crucial moment in psychiatric history. Seller Inventory # AA79781408822357

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.08
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Asti Hustvedt
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2012)
ISBN 10: 1408822350 ISBN 13: 9781408822357
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)

Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0000553737

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.21
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.88
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Asti Hustvedt
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN 10: 1408822350 ISBN 13: 9781408822357
New Softcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)

Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Condition: New. 2012. Paperback. A groundbreaking new book about the nineteenth century obsession with hysteria, focussing on the renowned Salpetriere Hospital in Paris. Num Pages: 384 pages, Illustrations. BIC Classification: 1DDF; 3JH; MBX; MMJ. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 195 x 130 x 25. Weight in Grams: 262. Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris. 384 pages, Illustrations. A groundbreaking new book about the nineteenth century obsession with hysteria, focussing on the renowned Salpetriere Hospital in Paris. Cateogry: (G) General (US: Trade). BIC Classification: 1DDF; 3JH; MBX; MMJ. Dimension: 195 x 130 x 25. Weight: 262. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory # V9781408822357

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.98
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Asti Hustvedt
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN 10: 1408822350 ISBN 13: 9781408822357
New Paperback / softback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)

Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Paperback / softback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9781408822357

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.00
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Asti Hustvedt
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2012)
ISBN 10: 1408822350 ISBN 13: 9781408822357
New Softcover Quantity Available: 2

Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2012. Condition: New. 2012. Paperback. A groundbreaking new book about the nineteenth century obsession with hysteria, focussing on the renowned Salpetriere Hospital in Paris. Num Pages: 384 pages, Illustrations. BIC Classification: 1DDF; 3JH; MBX; MMJ. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 195 x 130 x 25. Weight in Grams: 262. Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris. 384 pages, Illustrations. A groundbreaking new book about the nineteenth century obsession with hysteria, focussing on the renowned Salpetriere Hospital in Paris. Cateogry: (G) General (US: Trade). BIC Classification: 1DDF; 3JH; MBX; MMJ. Dimension: 195 x 130 x 25. Weight: 262. . . . . . . Seller Inventory # V9781408822357

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.03
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Asti Hustvedt
ISBN 10: 1408822350 ISBN 13: 9781408822357
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)

Book Description Condition: New. Not Signed; In 1862 the Salpetriere 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. Treatmen. book. Seller Inventory # ria9781408822357_rkm

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.93
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.02
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Asti Hustvedt
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) 2012-08-02, London (2012)
ISBN 10: 1408822350 ISBN 13: 9781408822357
New paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)

Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) 2012-08-02, London, 2012. paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9781408822357

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.50
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.47
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Hustvedt, Asti
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2012)
ISBN 10: 1408822350 ISBN 13: 9781408822357
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)

Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2012. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # FV-9781408822357

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.49
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.49
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Hustvedt Asti
Published by Bloomsbury (2012)
ISBN 10: 1408822350 ISBN 13: 9781408822357
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)

Book Description Bloomsbury, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __1408822350

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.97
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.73
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book