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Sex, Age, and the Diagnosis of Hysteria (Briquet's Syndrome)
SAMUEL B. GUZE; ROBERT A. WOODRUFF, JR.; PAULA J. CLAYTON
Am J Psychiatry 1972;129:745-748.
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Vice-Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, 4940 Audubon Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, 4940 Audubon Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110

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A study of hysteria (Briquet's syndrome) in 500 psychiatric clinic patients showed that men and women differ with regard to the number of symptoms reported and to the distribution of symptoms by age. Young women reported a disproportionately greater number of symptoms than men or older women. The authors conclude that a diagnosis of hysteria, which is based upon a polysymptomatic disorder beginning early in life, is more likely to be made in women than in men.

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