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Charcot in Morocco

Jean-Martin Charcot

Publication Year: 2012

Charcot in Morocco is the first-ever publication of Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot’s travel diary of his 1887 trip to Morocco. Considered the father of neuropathology, Charcot (1825–1893) is a seminal character in the history of neurology and psychology. His Moroccan travel diary includes his “objective” observations of the local Jewish community, which only fortified his assumptions about the relationship between race and neuropathology. These became a conspicuous feature of his ideas about the hereditary origins of nervous ailments. His ideas – taught as doctrine to a vast audience, including a young Sigmund Freud – reveal the convergence of clinical observation and European anti-Semitism at the end of the nineteenth century.

Including an enlightening critical introduction by renowned Charcot expert Toby Gelfand, Charcot in Morocco provides new insights into the personality of this influential figure and his perspectives on the “Orient” and its inhabitants.

Published by: University of Ottawa Press

Title Page

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Table of Contents

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Charcot remains an enigmatic figure. This despite a large body of scientific work by him, amounting to some fourteen substantial volumes, and a much more voluminous literature about him. These provide the reader with a good understanding of the pioneer of neurology but are much less successful with respect to...

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I. Introduction

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pp. 1-44

By the mid-1880s, Jean-Martin Charcot (1825–1893) had become the leading authority in France and, arguably, in the world, on diseases of the nervous system. “People had come to realize,” Sigmund Freud wrote of his French mentor, “that the activities of this man were a part of the assets of the...

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II. English Translation

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pp. 45-89

Toward noon, after a good meal at the inn of the Quatro Naciones, where, for the past 2 days, we have lodged for a certain sum with M. Royi, a retired steward in the navy, we walk down the main street of Algeciras trailing our small parcels. We’re going to embark on the...

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III. French Transcription

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pp. 91-130

Vers midi après avoir bien déjeuné à la fonda des Quatro Naciones, où nous hébergeons depuis depuis 2 jours, pour quelque argent, M. Royi ancien maître d’hôtel de la Marine, nous descendons la grande rue d’Algesiras, précédés par nos petits colis. On va s’embarquer sur la...

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pp. 131-133

E-ISBN-13: 9780776619873
E-ISBN-10: 077661987X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780776607740
Print-ISBN-10: 077660774X

Page Count: 144
Illustrations: 16 Illustrations, black & white
Publication Year: 2012