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October 3, 1896


Author Affiliations

Director Wisconsin General Hospital and Secretary of the Association; Oculist and Aurist to the Milwaukee Children's Hospital and to the Milwaukee County Hospital for the Chronic Insane. MILWAUKEE, WIS.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(14):736. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430920012001f

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That protean affection, hysteria, may be considered a purely functional disease. There is, however, usually some concomitant affection or lesion which may be deemed to be the cause. This may excite a local hysteric attack in a patient predisposed by mental or moral influences. Some actual injury or shock to the part is in many cases the predisposing cause for the local manifestation. Affections of the sight are frequently seen; indeed, in most hysteric persons it is possible to find some defect of the visual field.

Hysteric deafness is very rare. In the Medical News, Feb. 14, 1891 I reported such a case. Since that time two more have come to my notice:

Case 1.  —Hysteric deafness and blindness in a woman after injury to the head.Aug. 29, 1892, a woman, age 42, was sent to me on account of monaural deafness. She gave a history of a railroad

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