Research Article

Charcot's hysteria renaissant.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 289 doi: (Published 22 December 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;289:1785
  1. E M Critchley,
  2. H E Cantor


    The authenticity of Charcot's original descriptions of hysteria has been questioned in the popular media. None the less, it is still possible to encounter florid forms of hysteria in culturally deprived communities, and to answer Charcot's present day critics we present a selection of patients from Kentucky's Appalachian countries with hysterial neurological disease. Their case histories are contrasted with those Charcot himself described and thereby form a modern commentary on such conditions as la grande hystérie, hysteroepilepsy, hysterotraumatic monoplegia, and hysterical hemianaesthesia.