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S: The Gentleman's Digest April 1893

FC: The Gentleman's Digest | Dr. Weir Mitchell: Handling Her Hysteria

1: Booby Traps in Your Home.................1 Buried Alive in a Snake Pit.............4 Handling Her Hysteria.............9 Does Your Gas Station Rob You?............15 | Table of Contents

2: Handling Her Hysteria | By: S. Weir Mitchell | 9

3: Anxiety, irrationality, and irritability. These are all symptoms of the wave of hysteria that has spread to many, most notably to women. I have documented the effects of hysteria on women. I have seen the uncontrolled outbursts and rash actions of these poor female victims. These pitiful women will likely lash out and resist man's guidance and reason. Other behavioral changes may include the woman beginning to express radical thoughts. Sight of these warning signs should not be taken lightly. | 10

4: The solution is what I call the Rest Cure. The patient should immediately be separated from locations that may stimulate nervousness. She must placed in isolation, without the stress of seeing family or friends. A nanny must be hired to take on the patient's motherly duties during this time period to relieve the patient from the harmful pressures and responsibilities. Only there in seclusion would she be able to recollect and calm herself. Eliminate all situations that require strenuous activity, including reading, writing, speaking, and eating. A nurse is highly recommended for the first six to eight weeks, and she must feed the patient a steady diet based primarily on dairy products. | 11

5: 12 | "The Patient Should be Kept Happy by Cheerful Conversation"

6: "When you sit beside a woman you have saved from mournful years of feebleness...nothing seems easier than with a chorus of gratitude in the woman's soul, to show her how she has failed, and to make clear to her how she is to regain and preserve domination over her emotions; nor is it then less easy to point out how the moral failures,which were the outcome of sickness, may be atoned for in the future, now that she has been taught to see their meaning, their evils for herself, and their sad influence on the lives of others" (Mitchell 3). | 13

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