February 1974

Hysteria: The Consultant's DilemmaTwentieth Century Demonology, Pejorative Epithet, or Useful Diagnosis?

Author Affiliations

Madison, Wis
From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, Wis.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1974;30(2):145-151. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1974.01760080005001

Consultant psychiatrists are often asked to evaluate patients on the dimension of "hysteria." The term continues to suffer erosion through recent changes in definition. Labeling is a dangerous as well as useful procedure. Recently acquired information makes a diagnostic toilette necessary and possible, so as to promote constructive use of the term and to avoid its misuse and abuse.