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A Dark Science: Women, Sexuality and Psychiatry in the Nineteenth Century (hc)

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Following The Assault on Truth, his highly controversial work on Freud's abandonment of the seduction theory, Jeffrey Masson offers a new interpretation of the way female sexuality was viewed in nineteenth-century Europe. Masson has found that the attitude of nineteenth-century medical science toward women, their sexuality, and their illnesses (generally diagnosed...

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Following The Assault on Truth, his highly controversial work on Freud's abandonment of the seduction theory, Jeffrey Masson offers a new interpretation of the way female sexuality was viewed in nineteenth-century Europe. Masson has found that the attitude of nineteenth-century medical science toward women, their sexuality, and their illnesses (generally diagnosed as "hysteria" or "moral insanity") closely resembles the attitude found today among many doctors, lawyers, gynecologists, and psychotherapists--an attitude based on massive ignorance and prejudice. To document his thesis, Masson has combed gynecological, pediatric, and psychiatric journals published between 1865 and 1900 in France and Germany and selected nine of the more shocking articles for inclusion in this volume. None of these articles has ever appeared in English before.

Categories: Deception | Female Sexuality | Historical | Malpractice | Sexuality |

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