a previous term for somatization disorder, proposed by French neurologist Joseph Babinski as a supplement for hysteria. It was based upon the theory positing that some hysterical indicators are generated by suggestion and can thus be removed by suggestion and would thus differentiate hysterical disorders from those on persuasion has no impact.

PITHIATISM: "He was diagnosed with Pithiatism."
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