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Before Freud: Neurasthenia and the American Medical Community, 1870-1910


ISBN 10: 0252014065 / ISBN 13: 9780252014062
Published by University of Illinois Press, 1987
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Small 4to. Tan cloth, pictorial dust jacket. xviii, 192pp. Illustrations. Fine/fine. A perfect, pristine and tight first edition. Bookseller Inventory # 39257

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Title: Before Freud: Neurasthenia and the American ...

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Urbana 1987 1st University of Illinois. Neurasthenia and the American Medical Community 1870-1910. 8vo., 192pp., index. Fine in Fine DJ.

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This historical account of 19th-century psychiatry in America suggests a greater sensitivity to psychological factors in medical practice than is often recognized. The book focuses on &quot;neurasthenia,&quot; a catchall term that described a variety of &quot;nervousness&quot; short of insanity touching a sizable percentage of the population. Using quantitative as well as anecdotal material, the author convincingly portrays the ubiquitous nature of this complaint in all reaches of American life and the broad attempts to treat it. The book provides some interesting case vignettes and convincingly links this period with more contemporary psychiatric approaches, but much of the material has been more exhaustively covered elsewhere. Paul Hymowitz, Cornell Medical Ctr., New York<br />Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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