The Pascack Historical Society will shine a spotlight on local and international 19th century health care at
its barrier-free museum, 19 Ridge Avenue, Park Ridge, on Sunday, March 9, 2 p.m.,
when Michael Nevins , M.D. presents “Hysteria in Belle Époque Paris”. (originally scheduled Feb. 16)
A retired Pascack Valley physician, Nevins recently published his
eleventh book on subjects related to medical history. The latest, STILL
MORE Meanderings in Medical History (iUniverse, 2013) is the last of a
trilogy of collected essays - some sixty in all. Dr. Nevins will discuss a
chapter in his new book, "Hysteria in Belle Époque Paris." Focusing on the
19th century French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893), he will
explain how ideas about the nature of hysteria not only affected medical
practice, but French and American culture as well.
The 1880s have been described as “The Golden Age of Hysteria”.
Young physicians were eager to study with Charcot. Hundreds of American
medical students flocked to La Salpetriere Hospital Paris, where Charcot
headed a medical unit, to supplement their training. Initially, Charcot
believed hysteria (nervousness, convulsions, contortions, paralysis,
frigidity, nymphomania-,etc.) was a neurological disorder but at the end of
his life he concluded it was a psychological problem. He performed many
autopsies on hysterics and never found any physical abnormalities.
Dr. Nevins currently is President of the Medical History Society of
New Jersey. A question and answer period will follow his talk. Copies of his
latest book are available for purchase ($16.95 donation) at the Society’s
Gift Shop. He will autograph books the day of the event.
Complimentary coffee and cake will be served.
For further information or directions log onto www.pascackhistoricalsociety.org or call 201-573-0307.