From Paralysis to Fatigue: A History of Psychosomatic Illness in the Modern Era

Edward Shorter

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From Paralysis to Fatigue: A History of Psychosomatic Illness in the Modern Era

From Paralysis to Fatigue A History of Psychosomatic Illness in the Modern Era Shorter shows how psychosomatic symptoms are related to cultural conditions In the repressive Victorian period such symptoms were generally hysteria and paralysis In the permissive society they took

  • Title: From Paralysis to Fatigue: A History of Psychosomatic Illness in the Modern Era
  • Author: Edward Shorter
  • ISBN: 9780029286654
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shorter shows how psychosomatic symptoms are related to cultural conditions In the repressive Victorian period, such symptoms were generally hysteria and paralysis In the permissive society, they took the form of enervation and languor.

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    1. Kasper on said:

      I liked this book very much. It is thoughtful, well-researched, and offers a stimulating take on the history of psychosomatic illness. I detracted a star for two reasons. Firstly, the author seems to be unnecessarily biased against somatizing patients who refuse to consider psychological explanations. Secondly, the basic hypothesis, namely that a large number of physical complaints throughout modern history are due to psychological influences, needs a much more thorough argumentation, with a fir [...]

    2. Ashley on said:

      This is an excellent account of how psychosomatic illnesses have been identified and evolved over the course of 200+ years. Shorter emphasizes that physicians, patients, and the culture work together to co-create a "symptom pool" from which to explain psychosomatic illnesses. The book provides a detailed account of these symptom pools and their relationship to European culture from about the 1750s up through the end of the 20th century. The book positions the United States and "new world" as rel [...]

    3. Peter Fenton on said:

      Provocative examination of relationship between physical symptoms and societal tensions.

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