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Author Pietikäinen, Petteri.

Title Neurosis and modernity : the age of nervousness in Sweden / by Petteri Pietikainen
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2007


Description 1 online resource (xii, 391 pages)
Series History of science and medicine library, 1872-0684 ; v. 2
History of science and medicine library ; v. 2. 1872-0684
Contents Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Introduction: The Age of Nervousness; The Triumph of the Therapeutic; Neurosis as a Contagious Diagnosis; The Specifically Swedish Experience of Neurosis; Ideas of Madness: On the Intellectual History of Psychiatry; On the Study of Neurosis; The Structure of the Book; PART I MEDICALISED MODERNITY; Chapter One On the Swedish Path to Modernity; Chapter Two How Swedes Became Nervous; Chapter Three Weak Nerves, Degeneration and Racial Hygiene: Health Ideology in the Age of Nervousness
Summary In late 19th-century Sweden, paths to modernity created socio-cultural conditions conducive to the dissemination of the language of nerves. This book shows how neurosis became an extremely contagious diagnosis, and how our modern language of discontent, stress and malaise has a history that goes back to the birth of modern neuroses in the 1880s
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-381) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Neuroses -- Sweden -- History
Neurasthenia -- Sweden -- History
Cultural psychiatry -- Sweden
National characteristics, Swedish -- History
Manners and customs.
Neurotic Disorders -- history
Cultural Characteristics
Psychiatry -- history
Psychological Theory
customs (social concepts)
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Diseases -- Nervous System (incl. Brain)
Manners and customs
Cultural psychiatry
National characteristics, Swedish
Subject Sweden
Zweden (land)
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789047421245