Dr. Showalter's book is a well thought out critique of the "Medicalization of Human Distress."
As well, she reports early feminists' scathing critique of this treatment and how early female psychiatrists denied or pleaded ignorance of hysteria.
Most people are not good at adjusting their ideologies, so if you're one of them, don't read it.
Although I agree with the conclusions of the book her arguments were not stated is a strong way. Many were just a rehash of some of the most outlandish cases, cases referred to as... Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by T. Dreiling
If you want a laugh, I recommend reading Showalter's latest article in a comedy magazine called the Journal of Literary Criticism of Immunology. Read morePublished on October 24, 2009 by Justin Reilly, esq.
Dr. Showalter's book is a well thought out critique of the "Medicalization of Human Distress." One does not need to look very far into the medical literature to find that many... Read morePublished on June 19, 2005 by Joe Walsh
While obviously more of an anecdotal examination than a scientific study, Elaine Showalter's presentation about various (in her estimation) hysterical manifestations is enjoyable,... Read morePublished on October 12, 2004 by J. Reynolds
Hystories, by Elaine Showalter, is elegantly written and enthralling. Showalter presents a clear and engaging history of hysteria as social phenomenom and medical curiousity. Read morePublished on August 26, 2002 by Carol Bardelli and Jerry Bardelli
Interesting read, although a little bit fuzzy in focus.
Ms. Showalter treats these subjects with compassion and intelligence, and it is not suprising to see the hysterical... Read more
I think I picked up this book for two of the least likely reasons. The first reason is that I regularly browse through McKay's book "Popular Delusions and the Madness of... Read morePublished on December 29, 2000 by A. Woodley
Despite what some obviously irate individuals have written (those who seem to have skimmed this book in anger, rather than read it in its entirety), Dr. Read morePublished on August 9, 2000
This is NOT a medical book; nor does Showalter set out to "disprove" the syndromes she discusses. Read morePublished on May 22, 2000 by dissembler