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  • Awaking insomnia: sleeplessness in the 19th century through medical literature. [Journal Article]
    Med Humanit 2019Aebischer G, Rieder PA
  • Sleep disorders have received growing public and scientific attention in the last decades. Scientific research and publications on sleeplessness are ongoing and considerable progress has been made on the medical understanding of sleep. And yet, insomnia affects an ever-growing number of people around the globe and remains both a difficult and common complaint general practitioners have to deal wi…
  • Traumatic Hystero-Neurasthenia in Professor Charcot's Leçons du Mardi. [Journal Article]
    J Nerv Ment Dis 2019; 207(9):799-804Yrondi A, Taib S, … Birmes P
  • At the end of the 19th century, several authors became interested in the physical and psychological symptoms resulting from traumatic life events. Oppenheim presented 42 detailed clinical observations. He suggested the term "traumatic neurosis." Charcot, who was interested in male hysteria, published over 20 cases of traumatic hysteria between 1878 and 1893. The symptoms were considered to have a…
  • Is Today's 21st Century Burnout 19th Century's Neurasthenia? [Journal Article]
    J Nerv Ment Dis 2019; 207(9):773-777Lipsitt DR
  • This essay addresses the relevance of the concept of "burnout" to concerns about the mental and physical health of today's physicians and those training to join the medical profession. Comparisons are made with the diagnosis of neurasthenia in the 19th century. Social contributors to and the influence of stress on the phenomena in each instance are presented.
  • Neurasthenia: Modern Malady or Historical Relic? [Journal Article]
    J Nerv Ment Dis 2019; 207(9):731-739Overholser JC, Beale EE
  • Neurasthenia was a popular diagnosis from 1869 through 1930. Despite being discarded, the core symptoms of neurasthenia can still be found throughout modern society. The present article reviews the symptoms, common course, proposed causes, and common treatments for neurasthenia. Similarities are seen in several familiar diagnoses, including depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia. …
  • Modern-Day Relics of Psychiatry. [Journal Article]
    J Nerv Ment Dis 2019; 207(9):701-704Tripathi S, Messias E, … Salomon RM
  • Constantly shifting cultural views influence public perceptions of psychiatric diagnoses, sometimes accommodated by changes in diagnostic terminology. Evolving scientific knowledge of the era is at times used to justify and support mental illnesses. Too often, however, remasked nomenclatures fail to alter social stigma, in part because political arguments are used. Scientific validations of varia…
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