Psychological Medicine

Research Article

The survival of hysteria

Aubrey Lewisa1

a1 Institute of Psychiatry, The Maudsley Hospital, London


There have been many battles in the last 100 years between those who consider hysteria to be a ‘morbid entity’ or ‘disease’ and those who would like to drop it once and for all. The controversy still goes on. It has not been settled by follow-up studies or by applying genetic considerations. Hysteria is a tough subject, unlikely to be killed so long as clinicians find it useful, if not indispensable.