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The term hysteria denotes pathological psychophysical conditions (Illness), the symptoms and etiologies of which are fundamentally subject to cultural conditions and historical change. The symptoms associated with hysteria in the early modern period included especially cramps, physical and emotional insensibility, and chronic pain [4. 97]; [9. 94]. In view of the typical vagueness of its disease profile, hysteria can be seen as a specific indicator of the prevalent views of reality in society and culture [3. 14].

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Bähr, Andreas, “Hysteria”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_021214>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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