It is astonishing to consider that most hysterogenic
zones identified by Charcot below the clavicle, in the submammary region, at the bottom of the rib cage, across the anterior surface of the body trunk, and between the shoulder blades, largely correspond to fibromyalgia's tender points, localized areas of tenderness on palpation which, in patients with at least a three-month history of diffuse musculoskeletal pain, represent diagnostic standard for fibromyalgia.
Erotogenic and hysterogenic
zones show the same characteristics.
In Freud's 1886 lecture to the Society of Physicians in Vienna (Gesellschaft der Arzte in Wien), (12) be sets out the Charcotian symptomatology point by point: The extreme "type" of hysteria, called grande hysterie, involves particular attacks, disturbances to skin sensitivity (particularly right- or left-side anaesthesia), disturbances to the senses (particularly a narrowing of the field of vision and specific color blindness), hysterogenic
points (that can either bring on an attack or stop it in progress), and motor disturbances such as paralyses and contractures.