hysterical paralysis


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hysterical paralysis

[hi′ster·ə·kəl pə′ral·ə·səs]
(medicine)
Muscle weakness or paralysis without loss of reflex activity, in which no organic nerve lesion can be demonstrated, but which is due to psychogenic factors. Also known as functional paralysis.
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Previously, it had been suggested that hysterical paralysis was "a kind of self-hypnosis," Cojan says.
54) Thus, for instance, when Charcot presents an example of "a hysterical paralysis following a trauma" in which a woman suffers partial paralysis in her hand after slapping her 7-year old son, the emphasis of the investigating interview falls not on the event of the slapping, but on the woman's violent temper.