Invention of hysteria : Charcot and the photographic iconography of the Salpêtrière /

"In this classic of French cultural studies, Georges Didi-Huberman traces the intimate and reciprocal relationship between the disciplines of psychiatry and photography in the late nineteenth century. Focusing on the immense photographic output of the Salpetriere hospital, the notorious Parisian asy...

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Main Author: Didi-Huberman, Georges.
Other Authors: Charcot, J. M. 1825-1893.
Format: Book
Language: English
French
Published: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2003
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Summary: "In this classic of French cultural studies, Georges Didi-Huberman traces the intimate and reciprocal relationship between the disciplines of psychiatry and photography in the late nineteenth century. Focusing on the immense photographic output of the Salpetriere hospital, the notorious Parisian asylum for insane and incurable women, Didi-Huberman shows the crucial role played by photography in the invention of the category of hysteria. Under the direction of the medical teacher and clinician Jean-Martin Charcot, the inmates of the Salpetriere identified as hysterics were methodically photographed, providing skeptical colleagues with visual proof of hysteria's specific form. These images, many of which appear in this book, provided the materials for the multivolume album Iconographie photographique de la Salpetriere."--BOOK JACKET.
Physical Description: xii, 373 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 0262042150 (hbk.)
9780262042154 (hbk.)
0262541807 (pbk.)
9780262541800 (pbk.)
Local Notes: Bookplate front paste-down endpaper: Clendening Library.
With book jacket.