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December 21, 1918

THE TREATMENT OF HYSTERIA: SUCCESSFUL RESULTS OF A RAPID REEDUCATION METHOD

Author Affiliations

(San Francisco) Captain, M. R. C., U. S. Army; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Leland Stanford Junior University School of Medicine LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND

JAMA. 1918;71(25):2057-2062. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26020510003010

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Abstract

The world war has provoked such an immense number of the various types of hysterical disorders that the conception of hysteria can now be studied more easily from every aspect. It has taught us to look on what we ordinarily designate "hysteria" as merely the outward sign, the symptom, of the fundamental causative factor—the hysterical psychic background. So, when we speak of the treatment and cure of these patients, we wrongly say we have cured the hysteria; we have cured only the hysterical symptom. What most physicians in their ardor have left untouched and untreated is the hysterical psyche which gave rise to the symptom which has incapacitated the patient. This is important to remember when the question arises of returning a hysterical subject to the same environment that originally caused the hysterical symptom.

The war has also shown us that hysteria seldom, if ever, occurs during violent emotion, but

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