Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. 5-6

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Introduction

Tine Van Osselaer

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pp. 7-22

On 24 May 1899 at five o’clock in the morning, Edouard Duclos and Albin Roels were standing over a grave in the cemetery of Jabbeke, a small village in Flanders. The carpenter and grave digger quickly set to work and, after a short time, they had exhumed a coffin buried only fourteen months...

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The Devil in the Madhouse: On the Treatment of Religious Pathologies in Early Psychiatry, Tyrol, 1830-1850

Maria Heidegger

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pp. 23-42

These were the words set down by an assistant physician in a so-called ‘lunatic record’ [‘Irrenprotokoll’] in August 1843 to describe the condition of patient Josepha S*, admitted to the Imperial Provincial Insane Asylum in Hall, in the county of Tyrol, with a diagnosis of ‘lunacy in a hysterical...

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Gustave Boissarie, Jean-Martin Charcot and Sigmund Freud: Three Doctors’ Responses to Some Unusual Bodily Phenomena: convergences and Divergences (in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries)

Nicole Edelman

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pp. 43-54

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the doctors Gustave Boissarie (1836-1917), director of the Lourdes Medical Bureau (Bureau des Constatations médicales), Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893) at La Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris and Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) at his practice in Vienna interpreted...

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Prophecies of Pilgrimage: The Rise and Fall of Marie Bergadieu, the Ecstatic of Fontet

Sofie Lachapelle

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pp. 55-74

In 1901, the Guide national et catholique du voyageur en France, a Catholic travel guide highlighting the religious pilgrimages, monuments, spas, and natural curiosities of France, made a passing mention of the small town of Fontet near Bordeaux. It was there that, in 1873, a farmer’s wife named Marie...

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Medical and Mystical Opinion in British Catholicism: The Contentious Case Of teresa Higginson

Mary Heimann

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pp. 75-100

On Good Friday 1874, two years after the highly publicised case of Belgian stigmatic Louise Lateau and a year after Dr Imbert-Gourbeyre brought out his encyclopaedic Les Stigmatisées (Paris, 1873), an English Catholic schoolteacher named Teresa Higginson was found lying on her bed in the...

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Disenchanted America: Accounting for the Lack of Extraordinary Mystical Phenomena in Catholic America

Paula Kane

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pp. 101-124

Scholarship in history often begins with a ‘cultural predicament’, as historian and ethnographer James Clifford claimed of his own work a quarter century ago.1 As scholars identify certain predicaments − by which Clifford meant the study of identities experiencing rapid cultural change as they...

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The Mad Saint as Healer: The Islamic Majnun in Al-Kattani’s Salwat Al-Anfas and in French colonial Medicine and Sociology

Ellen J. Amster

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pp. 125-140

The majnun, the mad saint of Islam, also called the majdhub (the attracted one) or the bahlul (the holy fool), is ‘one possessed by jinn’, the beings who exist parallel to mankind on earth in the Qur’an (72:1-28) and whom God ‘created of the fire of a scorching wind’ (15:28). In 1999, I interviewed a...

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Experiencing Religion and Medicine: Marian Apparition and Victim Souls in Portugal, 1910-1950

Tiago Pires Marques

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pp. 141-162

For all the cultural wars of the positivist era, when faced with the otherness of the mad and the mystic, theology and psychiatry have held rather more in common than both would perhaps like to admit. In continental Catholic Europe, for example, renowned and leading representatives of...

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A Question of Competence and Authority: Lay Views on the Medical Examinations of the Marian Apparition Series in 1930s Belgium

Tine Van Osselaer

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pp. 163-186

In August 1934, the Belgian author Louis Wilmet complained about the medical examiners responsible for the investigation of a series of apparitions in Belgium. In his opinion, their goals and the perspective they had adopted hindered communication with them, even making this impossible...

Bibliography

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pp. 187-198

Index

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pp. 199-202

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Contributors

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pp. 203-204

Ellen J. Amster is the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Department of History. Her...

Colophon

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pp. 205-208