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It probably would not have pleased Aubrey Lewis to know that one of his lasting legacies to psychiatry is his now often quoted words from his paper The survival of hysteria to the effect that hysteria will outlive its obituarists. It seems that in the past decade, almost in defiant opposition to the mighty DSM goliath, humble hysteria is not only once again a popular topic for investigation, but its very name lives on. In this book, the term hysteria is unashamedly used, even in the title, and it is not cloaked by its suit of new invisible clothes dressing up as somatoform disorders or one …
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