In this book, the author describes the mental state of hystericals. It is argued that hysteria is largely a mental malady--a feature that must not be neglected if it is to be understood and treated. The general nature of the phenomena, their variations, their changeable conditions, and the symptoms which are manifested in hysterical patients are examined. This work is a synopsis of psychological observations made upon hysterical patients, and brought together for the purpose of comparative study. The author hopes to make some contribution, however slight, to the study of hysteria, and to add new proofs to the conception of the unity of the hysterical malady which has been long maintained by the most eminent clinicians. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved).
On the occasion of the inauguration of the new buildings of the Medical School of Harvard University in Boston, President Eliot and Dr. J.J. Putnam, professor of the diseases of the nervous system, asked me to deliver before the students some lectures about pathological psychology. I greatly appreciated this honour, and tried to sum up before the American students some elementary psychological researches about a well-known disease, hysteria, in order to show them how the study of the mental state of the patient can sometimes be useful to explain many disturbances and to give some unity to apparently discordant symptoms. The fifteen lectures presented in this book were given in the Harvard Medical School between the fifteenth of October and the end of November, 1906. Some of these lectures were also delivered in Johns Hopkins University at Baltimore, at the request of Professor J.M. Baldwin, and in the medical school of Columbia University in New York, at that of Professor Allen Starr. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved).