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IN CONTEXT

APPROACH

Neurological science

BEFORE

1900 BCE The Egyptian Kahun Papyrus recounts behaviorial disturbances in women caused by a “wandering uterus.”

c.400 BCE Greek physician Hippocrates invents the term “hysteria” for certain women’s illnesses in his book, On the Diseases of Women.

1662 English physician Thomas Willis performs autopsies on “hysterical” women, and finds no sign of uterine pathology.

AFTER

1883 Alfred Binet joins Charcot at the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, and later writes about Charcot’s use of hypnotism to treat hysteria.

1895 Sigmund Freud, a former student of Charcot, publishes Studies on Hysteria.

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