chapter  4
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COLD COMFORT

An outstanding feature of hysteria’s myth is its setting exclusively in the framework of woman. All details of the tale are limited to the female sex with no mention whatsoever of man’s presence. Small wonder that for centuries hysteria was accepted as a disease of woman only; indeed, how could it have been otherwise when man does not possess a womb? Any recognition of hysteria in the other sex must surely imply that the diagnosis is incorrect.