Thursday, November 20, 2008

Richer on La grande hysterie

Another fantastically illustrated volume from the History of Medicine Collection is Paul Marie Louis Pierre Richer's Études cliniques sur la grande hystérie ou hystéro-épilepsie (1885). Normally disguised by a very mundane grey buckram binding, it caught my eye during one of the many recent shifts of materials in the History of Medicine Room.

Well known not only as a clinician but also as an anatomical illustrator, Richer here took the opportunity to let his talents shine. The text is peppered with dramatic representations of various states of "hysteria," or convulsions. Shown here is planche VI, one of the less risqué images (showing, as it does, a male sufferer).

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