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JAMA 100 Years Ago
April 25, 2001

HYSTERICAL SENSORY APHASIA—WORD-DEAFNESS—IN A CHILD.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2001;285(16):2054. doi:10.1001/jama.285.16.2054

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.

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