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Bernard Mandeville: A Treatise of the Hypochondriack and Hysterick Diseases (1730)

Editors: Kleiman-Lafon, Sylvie (Ed.)

  • Presents a major text on hypochondria and hysteria by a major 18th century philosopher
  • Shows that Mandeville may be seen as the rightful precursor of the Freudian talking cure
  • Makes available a work that has been unavailable for more than thirty years
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About this book

This work reflects on hypochondria as well as on the global functioning of the human mind and on the place of the patient/physician relationship in the wider organisation of society. First published in 1711, revised and enlarged in 1730, and now edited and published with a critical apparatus for the first time, this is a major work in the history of medical literature as well as a complex literary creation. Composed of three dialogues between a physician and two of his patients, Mandeville’s Treatise mirrors the digressive structure of a talking cure. Thanks to the soothing and enlightening effects of this casual conversation, the physician Mandeville demonstrates the healing power of words for a class of patients that he presents as men of learning who need above all to be addressed in their own language. Mandeville’s aim was to delineate his own cure for hypochondria and hysteria, which consisted of a talking cure followed by diet and exercise, but also to discuss the practice of medicine in England and continental Europe at a time when physicians were beginning to lose ground to apothecaries. Opposing a purely theoretical approach to medicine, Mandeville takes up the principles presented by Francis Bacon, Thomas Sydenham, and Giorgio Baglivi, and advocates a medical practice based on experience and backed up by time-tested theories.

About the authors

Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon is assistant professor in English literature at the University of Paris VIII. A specialist of XVIIIth century British literature, she has mainly written on XVIIIth-century Scotland, British literature of the XVIIIth century, translation in England and France during the Enlightenment and the relationship between medicine and literature.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kleiman-Lafon, Sylvie

    Pages 1-13

  • Preface to the First Edition (1711)

    Kleiman-Lafon, Sylvie

    Pages 15-23

  • Preface to the Second, Enlarged Edition (1730)

    Kleiman-Lafon, Sylvie

    Pages 25-37

  • The First Dialogue Between Philopirio a Physician, and Misomedon His Patient

    Kleiman-Lafon, Sylvie

    Pages 39-71

  • The Second Dialogue Between Philopirio a Physician, and Misomedon His Patient

    Kleiman-Lafon, Sylvie

    Pages 73-126

Buy this book

eBook $209.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57781-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $269.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57779-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bernard Mandeville: A Treatise of the Hypochondriack and Hysterick Diseases (1730)
Editors
  • Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
223
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57781-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57781-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57779-1
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 238
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations
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