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Hysterical epilepsy, permanent contraction, plate XXVIII from

REV287066 Hysterical epilepsy, permanent contraction, plate XXVIII from Iconographie Photographique de La Salpetriere by Bourneville et P. Regnard, Paris, 1876 (albumen print) by Regnard, Paul (1850-1927); 9.5x6 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Hystero-epilepsie, contracture permanente; The Photographic Iconography of the Salpetriere; Desire Magloire Bourneville (1840-1909) French physician and psychiatrist, assistant of Jean Martin Charcot (1825-93); Regnard photographed cases of hysteria and epilepsy; case histories; hystero epilepsie; femme; hysterique; hysterie; malade; maladie mentale; folie; folle; alienation; alienee; neurologie; neurologique; psychiatrie; psychiatrique; epileptique; asile; lit; allongee; barreau; ); French, out of copyright

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This photograph, titled "Hysterical epilepsy, permanent contraction" offers a glimpse into the world of mental illness in the late 19th century. Taken by Paul Regnard as part of the Iconographie Photographique de La Salpetriere series in Paris, 1876, this albumen print measures 9.5x6 cm and is now held in a private collection. The image portrays a female patient lying on a bed in an asylum. Her body is contorted due to her condition, displaying the permanent contractions caused by hysterical epilepsy. Safety bars surround her bed, emphasizing both her vulnerability and the need for restraint during episodes of spasm. Regnard's work was significant as he documented cases of hysteria and epilepsy under the guidance of renowned physician Jean Martin Charcot. These photographs served as case histories for medical research purposes and contributed to advancements in neurology and psychiatry. In this particular photo, we witness not only the physical manifestation of illness but also glimpse into the woman's inner turmoil. The starkness of photography further enhances the somber atmosphere surrounding mental illness at that time. As we contemplate this poignant image from history, let us reflect on how far our understanding and treatment of mental health have come since then while acknowledging that there is still much progress to be made.

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