JenniferReiling, Assistant Editor
The study of hysteria, which, if only for the sake of accurate differential diagnosis in many diseases, is one of the most practical parts of medical education, bids fair to have some light thrown on it by the development of comparative medicine. In a short article in La Nature Coupin cites from the experience of European veterinarians a number of cases which are convincing of the existence of typical cases of hysteria produced by physical or emotional shock in domestic animals and birds. Coupin quotes the report of Aruch of Milan on the case of a canine patient that once had been made ill by the departure of her master and on a later occasion stricken by seeing her mistress with a new-born babe. The dog developed dysphagia, cough, polyuria, alteration of voice and temper, progressive paralysis, then aphoria, and finally was killed. An autopsy failed to disclose recognizable lesions of the nervous system.
Hysteria in Animals.. JAMA. 2002;288(3):289. doi:10.1001/jama.288.3.289