Trivia Quiz: Major Medical Milestones

Medscape Staff


September 26, 2022

Hysteria was the first mental disorder that was widely attributed to women. Because it was described in the second millennium BC, it was considered an exclusively female disease. It was often seen as demonologic in origin, and sex or sexual abstinence and purification with fire were recommended on the basis of an assumed connection with sorcery. Cures were considered later, and until the work of Sigmund Freud, men were not seen as patients. During the 20th century, hysteria as a medical concept was in decline, and the concept of hysterical neurosis was deleted with the 1980 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III).


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