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.
of Galen concerning the hysterogenic
effect of retained sperm owing to unaccustomed sexual continence, [and are] all the more striking because Freud appeared totally unaware of the historical background and earlier humoral theories" (265).
In the hysterical scenario, her theatrical(ized) emotional crisis are paroxysmal symptoms, her winged hunchback walk is abnormal movement due to psychosomatic partial paralysis, her aerialiste balancing and somersaults are abnormal motor movements and convulsions, her wings are phantasmic bodily protuberances or hysterogenic
zones, her recurring spreading of her (pseudo)wings is a hysterical conversion, a neurotic defense mechanism against repressed anxiety.
Erotogenic and hysterogenic
zones show the same characteristics.(Freud 1962, 49-50)