The noted French psychiatrist Jean-Martin Charcot studied ‘hysteria’ amongst his female patients. This one, from his Iconographie Photographique of 1874 was labelled ‘extase’ (ecstasy). You can find out more at the Emotions Lab ‘ecstasy’ page, and in this piece about Charcot and ecstasy on the History of Emotions Blog.


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