This section includes various case histories that, over
the years, I have found of interest. They were previously collected at
my site "Case Histories from the History of Psychiatry."A Pathogenic Secret
. Clinical investigation by Galen uncovers the etiology of psychiatric symptoms.
. Ancient ideas about the etiology of madness and the doctor patient relationship.
(Jeanne des Anges). A first person account of the experience of being possessed.A Magnetic Cure
. After Mesmer and before Braid a form of healing known as the Magnetic Cure flourished.Hypnosis
(James Braid). A case from the man who coined the term hypnosis, with instruction on technique.Descartes Self-analysis
. Descartes thoughts on how irrational preferences are created and overcome.Love Sickness
Hume's Letter to a Physici
an. "Applying" for psychiatric treatment, Hume describes years of suffering.Abram Simmons
. A newspaper account of a man kept in a Rhode Island 'dungeon' used by the reformer Dorthea Dix
(1820) An alienist gives an account of his own mental illness. A Magnetic Cure
. The idea of animal magnetism inspired treatments involving an unusual doctor patient relationshiip..Marie
: A Case of Multiple Personality Reported by Pierre Janet
My Life in Therapy
(Daphne Merkin) A New York Times article describing Merkin's 40 years in psychoanalysis.