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Hysteria: An Evaluation of Specific Diagnostic Criteria by the Study of Randomly Selected Psychiatric Clinic Patients

  • Robert A. Woodruff (a1), Paula J. Clayton (a1) and Samuel B. Guze (a1)

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In 1962, Perley and Guze introduced specific criteria for the diagnosis of hysteria based on clinical observations made in 1951 by Purtell, Robins and Cohen. A number of reports have been published since 1962 evaluating the limits and usefulness of these criteria. A recent paper by Guze (1967) summarizes a large part of this work and explores various problems of definition and methodology. In 1968, two papers appeared in this journal evaluating the criteria for hysteria by applying them to women with chronic medical illnesses (Woodruff) and to normal women (Farley, Woodruff and Guze). The present study is an extension of the method used in those reports.

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Farley, J., Woodruff, R. A., and Guze, S. B. (1968). “The prevalence of hysteria and conversion symptoms.” Brit. J, Psychiat., 114, 1121–5.
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Guze, S. B. (1967). “The diagnosis of hysteria: what are we trying to do?” Amer. J. Psychiat., 124, 7784.
Perley, M. J., and Guze, S. B. (1962). “Hysteria—the stability and usefulness of clinical criteria.” New Eng. J. Med., 266, 421–6.
Purtell, J. J., Robins, E., and Cohen, M. D. (1951). “Observations on clinical aspects of hysteria.” J. Amer. med. Assoc., 146, 902–9.
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Woodruff, R. A. (1968). “Hysteria: an evaluation of objective diagnostic criteria by the study of worn en with chronic medical illness.” Ibid., 114, 1115–120.

Hysteria: An Evaluation of Specific Diagnostic Criteria by the Study of Randomly Selected Psychiatric Clinic Patients

  • Robert A. Woodruff (a1), Paula J. Clayton (a1) and Samuel B. Guze (a1)

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Hysteria: An Evaluation of Specific Diagnostic Criteria by the Study of Randomly Selected Psychiatric Clinic Patients

  • Robert A. Woodruff (a1), Paula J. Clayton (a1) and Samuel B. Guze (a1)
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