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Nervousness with tears: Patients at the 'nerve clinic'

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This chapter focuses on the way the nervous afflictions of patients were clinically evaluated by physicians working at the Serafimer's Nervpoliklinik. At the Nervpoliklinik, the nervously ill constituted by far the single largest category of patients until the mid-twentieth century, and one could say that the polyclinic made neuroses highly visible in the Swedish medical community. The chapter suggests that people who had problems in life and who went to see a medical expert at the Serafimer, were predisposed to emphasize or even exaggerate their purely somatic ailments (headache, diffuse pains, dizzy spells, etc.) in order to be taken seriously as a patient. It endorses the evolutionary view that under the surface of historical contingencies and a succession of 'linguistic turns' there lies the solid rock of human universals which changes very, very slowly over time (la longue durée).

Keywords: Horton's headache; neuroses; patient; Sera[1]fimer's Nervpoliklinik; Swedish medical community



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