Monday, August 01, 2005

Treating Lovesickness

In the footnotes of his chapter on the Passions, in his last book Elements of Physiology, Denis Diderot presents a number of cases that he had heard about or read about. For example;
A young man feeling hopeless over not being able to obtain the object of his passion shot himself in the head with a pistol. He did not kill himself, but he remained mad from his wound; during his illness his relatives were advised to have his mistress come to him and to present her to him. When they did this, he raised his eyes, he saw her and he cried: Ah! mademoiselle it is you...and he was immediately cured [Diderot, Oeuvres Compl├Ętes, v. XVII, p. 489; translated by EMB]

another case of Lovesickness


  1. Well done on a nice blog EMB. I was searching for information on clinical depression and ran across your post Treating Lovesickness - not exactly what I was looking for related to clinical depression but a very interesting read all the same!

  2. thought-provoking, mootable pv. just my thoughts, well anyways gl & be chipper is what i say