JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
Although we do not as yet know the ultimate nature of hysteria, we have
long since learned that it has nothing whatever to do with the uterus, after
which it was named. An ample experience has taught that it may occur also
in men, and it is fully appreciated that it may develop even in children—boys
and girls alike. From existing knowledge and from analogy it may be safely
inferred that hysteria is a nutritional neurosis, the aberrant function resulting
from as yet undemonstrable changes in nerve-cells primarily susceptible in
greater or lesser degree. These changes are probably due to processes engendered
within the body and only indirectly by agents introduced from without. The
inherent susceptibility of the nerve-cell would appear to be the primary essential
factor, and it would be for this reason that hereditary influences are so
important in an etiologic connection.
HYSTERICAL SENSORY APHASIA—WORD-DEAFNESS—IN A CHILD.. JAMA. 2001;285(16):2054. doi:10.1001/jama.285.16.2054