Among the most toilsome efforts expended in the service of neurology have been those directed at a finer appreciation and better understanding of that most protean of all disorders, hysteria. As it happens in the adult, it requires no introduction; of its occurrence in the child, I believe enough has not been said.
The preponderance of ardent study has applied to the intellectual and moral side of the young, with the attention especially riveted on an increasingly large number of irritable, unstable, capricious, precocious, eccentric neurotic children, whose minor mental abnormalities have always been a matter of deep concern alike to parents, educators and physicians.
Perhaps the zeal and energy consumed in understanding these, together with backward and degenerate types, has somewhat retarded the interest in hysterical phenomena; be that as it may, writers in general certainly have not given the subject of juvenile hysteria the illuminating presentment it deserves.
HECHT D. HYSTERIA IN CHILDREN.. JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(8):670–676. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220340016002a