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The diagnosis of ‘hysteria’

  • John L. Reed (a1)
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A study of 120 inpatients diagnosed as suffering from hysteria is presented and the validity of the diagnosis questioned. Clinical study showed that 13% showed only hysterical symptoms, 33% showed hysterical symptoms occurring with affective symptoms, 28% showed affective symptomatology only, and the remainder were either of other or uncertain diagnostic grouping. It is concluded that the 13% are suffering from a condition that can only be diagnosed as hysteria.

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S. B. Guze , and M. J. Perley (1963). Observations on the natural history of hysteria. American Journal of Psychiatry, 119, 960965.

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