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Political Dictionary of the History of Health


    • Anorexia

      The medical supervision of anorexia responded to political and scientific stakes in order to normalize puberty. 

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    • Asperger

      The naming of this syndrome in 1981 is loaded with potent political and historical implications.

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    • Drapetomania

      Drapotemania exemplifies the existence of psychiatric diagnoses rooted in the political stigmatisation of a social group.

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    • Encephalitis

      The European nationalisms have hindered the research on the most mysterious disease of the 20th century.

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    • Epilepsy

      How does the history of epilepsy explain the negative image that this disease still sometimes suffers from?

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    • Female delirium

      The emerging psychiatry has locked women in contemporary prejudices.

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    • Lyme

      Patients and physicians hold conflicting political and scientific views on the existence of an emerging disease caused by tick bites.

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    • Lypemania

      The re-naming of an illness is as much a political act as a scientific one, as shown by the case of lypemania

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    • Nostalgia

      In the 19th century, nostalgia became a mortal illness that endangered French military and colonial might.

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    • Psychosis of current events

      During the «Great Depression» of the 1930s, psychiatric professionals diagnosed a new disease: the «psychosis of current events».

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    • Puerperal insanity

      The topicality of cases of infanticide invites us to question the historical origin of the madness of motherhood.

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    • Zombies

      In Haïti, some individuals come back to life whereas they had been declared dead then inhumed.

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