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Chapter 1, Isabelle
The year was 1890, and Isabelle had heard about Doctor Tunney through the gossip at the local tea and spice shop. No one, of course, admitted to actually being treated by him but many talked knowledgeably about his treatments for Female Hysteria. Female Hysteria was a well known affliction of women that was caused by disturbances in the uterus and congestion of the female genitalia. It resulted in mood swings, emotional excesses and loss of control. Often women who suffered from it felt overwhelming fear and were sensitive to the minutest annoyances.