Erichsen, Sir John

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Sir John, English surgeon, 1818-1896.
Erichsen disease - neurosis following spinal injury. Synonym(s): railway spine
Erichsen sign - in sacroiliac disease, pain when sudden pressure approximates the iliac bones.
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Fright names the "natural" mental reaction to sudden and severe bodily impact, and railway spine situates this reaction in terms of the movement and power associated with industrial technology.
The fact that men may suffer psychic affect when they become frightened, as in the theory of railway spine, or that women may suffer discrete events of traumatic contact in situations of rape or incest, as implied in some of Charcot's cases, does not change this gendered arrangement of bodies, since it is contemporary assumptions about gender that provide the "actual" etiology of hysteria in scientific and cultural discourse.