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The Nature of Hysteria Hardcover – 7 Dec 1995

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (7 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415121868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415121866
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,581,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is about the nature of medicine's oldest and most controversial disease, hysteria, and why it has been the source of so much deception and uncertainty. Following a short account of the history of hysteria, the author approaches the subject by way of its psychological rather than its clinical appearances and looks into the background of hysteria in myth. Niel Micklem argues that it is the 'myth' of hysteria that has set the changing patterns of this disease over a period of nearly four thousand years. Sex and suffocation have always been prominent in this myth, which bears a striking likeness to aspects of the Myth of Eleusis; but equally striking is the unexpected and highly significant difference between these myths. Contrasting the two throws light on the nature of hysteria and its protean elusiveness. The focus of attention in this book, therefore, is not on what the signs and symptoms say about hysteria, but on the image of hysteria and what that has to say about the signs and symptoms. The results are revealing as to why hysteria is the cause of so much controversy and why it is something more than we understand by the word illness.

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Dr. Niel Micklem's work on hysteria is an unsurpassed landmark in psychological studies. The book is the result of a lifetime's dedication to this complex and shady illness. His approach touches upon the medical as well as the mythical origins and historical development of an ever changing ethiology. There is simply nothing that can match his uncanny insights and depth of learning. Dr. Micklem was a sage of old times who could look into the seeds of psychosis. He was a master of paradox. Together with Adolf Guggenbühl-Craig and Rafael López Pedraza, he belonged to a unique generation of jungian psychotherapists the like of which we may never see again.
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Dr. Niel Micklem's work on hysteria is an unsurpassed landmark in psychological studies. The book is the result of a lifetime's dedication to this complex and shady illness. His approach touches upon the medical as well as the mythical origins and historical development of an ever changing ethiology. There is simply nothing that can match his uncanny insights and depth of learning. Dr. Micklem was a sage of old times who could look into the seeds of psychosis. He was a master of paradox. Together with Adolf Guggenbül-Craig and Rafael López Pedraza, he belonged to a unique generation of jungian psychotherapists the like of which we may never see again.
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