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Lovesickness

Lovesickness ART AND IMAGES IN PSYCHIATRY SECTION EDITOR: JAMES C. HARRIS, MD Erasistratus Discovering the Cause of Antiochus’ Disease When the erotic appetite provokes a melancholy brooding, fires the passions, burns the humors and wastes the strengths of the body, love “is not merely behavior resembling sickness, but it is a true disease, virulent, and dangerous.” 1(p3) Battista Fregoso (15th century). ESPAIRING WHEN HIS SON the object of his love was unattainable. The terminology for lovesickness has Prince Antiochus was des- Antiochus’ love could never be grati- changed over time. Erotic melancholy perately ill, Seleucus, king fied because he was in love with Erasis- is not a subtype of mental disorder but D of Syria, summoned the tratus’ very own wife. Seleucus quickly erotomania is. Erotomania is the delu- distinguished Greek physician Erasistra- sional belief that another person, gen- sought to persuade Erasistratus to give tus (circa 330-255 BC) to diagnose his erally of higher social status, is in love her up to save his son. The cagey phy- malady. Erasistratus and his colleague with you. There are primary forms, pure sician replied “[t]hou art his father and Herophilis from Alexandria in Egypt were erotomania, and secondary forms, part yet http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Psychiatry American Medical Association

Lovesickness

Abstract

ART AND IMAGES IN PSYCHIATRY SECTION EDITOR: JAMES C. HARRIS, MD Erasistratus Discovering the Cause of Antiochus’ Disease When the erotic appetite provokes a melancholy brooding, fires the passions, burns the humors and wastes the strengths of the body, love “is not merely behavior resembling sickness, but it is a true disease, virulent, and dangerous.” 1(p3) Battista Fregoso (15th century). ESPAIRING WHEN HIS SON the object of his love was unattainable. The terminology for...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2012 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-622X
eISSN
2168-6238
DOI
10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2012.105
pmid
22664546
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Abstract

ART AND IMAGES IN PSYCHIATRY SECTION EDITOR: JAMES C. HARRIS, MD Erasistratus Discovering the Cause of Antiochus’ Disease When the erotic appetite provokes a melancholy brooding, fires the passions, burns the humors and wastes the strengths of the body, love “is not merely behavior resembling sickness, but it is a true disease, virulent, and dangerous.” 1(p3) Battista Fregoso (15th century). ESPAIRING WHEN HIS SON the object of his love was unattainable. The terminology for lovesickness has Prince Antiochus was des- Antiochus’ love could never be grati- changed over time. Erotic melancholy perately ill, Seleucus, king fied because he was in love with Erasis- is not a subtype of mental disorder but D of Syria, summoned the tratus’ very own wife. Seleucus quickly erotomania is. Erotomania is the delu- distinguished Greek physician Erasistra- sional belief that another person, gen- sought to persuade Erasistratus to give tus (circa 330-255 BC) to diagnose his erally of higher social status, is in love her up to save his son. The cagey phy- malady. Erasistratus and his colleague with you. There are primary forms, pure sician replied “[t]hou art his father and Herophilis from Alexandria in Egypt were erotomania, and secondary forms, part yet

Journal

JAMA PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 1, 2012

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