Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Hysteria: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives

Hardcover | March 1, 2001

EditorPeter Halligan, Christopher Bass, John C. Marshall

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Patients with striking physical symptoms suggestive of a neurological disease, but no evidence of nervous system damage are typically labelled as suffering from "hysterical conversion". Despite claims that conversion disorders have disappeared from clinical practice, patients with conversionsymptoms continue to present diagnostic conundrums to clinicians. The disorder accounts for 4% of all referrals to neurology services. This book covers aspects neglected by previous works on this controversial condition, moving away from traditional historico-sociological accounts towards neuroscientific theories about the causes and categorization of hysteria. Recent investigations using functional imaging and hypnosis arecovered, as are the neuropsychological accounts inspired by them, alongside more traditional psychodynamic accounts. A section on medico-legal aspects is innovative and timely. The key causal role of life events is also addressed, along with the influence of military conflict and culture in shapingand modifying clinical presentations, and changes in physical manifestations of hysteria through the centuries. With contributions from a distinguished international team, representative of all interested specialty groups, this books aims to demonstrate that hysterical conversion remains clinically important, with potential for empirical research in both social and medical sciences, as well as offering afertile source for advancing neuroscience.

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Patients with striking physical symptoms suggestive of a neurological disease, but no evidence of nervous system damage are typically labelled as suffering from "hysterical conversion". Despite claims that conversion disorders have disappeared from clinical practice, patients with conversionsymptoms continue to present diagnostic conu...

Professor Peter Halligan Rivermead Rehabilitation Centre Abingdon Road Oxford OX1 4XD Tel: 01865 790363/ 240321 Fax: 01865 200185 E-mail: peter.halligan@psych.ox.ac.uk Dr Christopher Bass Department of Psychological Medicine John Radcliffe Hospital Headington Oxford OX3 9DU Professor John Marshall Neuropsychology Unit The Radcli...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part 1 - History1. Mace: All in the mind? The history of hysterical conversion as a clinical concept2. Palmer: War based hysteria - the military perspective3. King: Recovering hysteria from history: Herodotus and the 'first case of shell shock'Part 2 - Definition4. Cloninger: The origins of DSM and ICD criteria for conversion and somatization disorders5. Wessely: Discrepancies between diagnostic criteria and clinical practice6. Merskey: Conversion, dissociation or doxomorphic disorder7. Jones and Sprince: Conversion hysteria: a legal diagnosisPart 3 - Clinical Presentation8. Kirmayer and Santhanam: The anthropology of hysteria9. House and Akagi: The epidemiology of hysterical conversion10. Trimble: Non-epileptic seizures11. Zeman and Stone: Hysterical conversion - the view from clinical neurology12. Bass: Factitious disorders and malingeringPart 4 - Possible Mechanisms13. Craig: Life events: meanings and precursors14. Shoenberg: Psychodynamic theories in conversion hysteria15. Spence: Disorders of willed action16. Sierra and Berrios: Conversion hysteria: the relevance of attentional awareness17. McConkey: Hysteria and hypnosis: cognitive and social influences18. Athwal, Halligan, Marshall, Fink and Frackowiak: Imaging hysterical paralysisPart 5 - Prognosis and Management19. Ron: The prognosis of hysteria/somatization disorder20. Temple: Psychodynamic psychotherapy in the treatment of conversion hysteria21. Chalder: Cognitive behavioural therapy as a treatment for conversion disorder22. Oakley: Hypnosis and suggestion in the treatment of hysteria23. Wade: Rehabilitation for hysterical conversion states: a critical review and conceptual reconstruction