Nubat illa et morbus effugiet  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"Nubat illa et morbus effugiet" ('let her marry and the sickness will then disappear') is a dictum of uncertain origin. It is found in Havelock Ellis's Studies in the Psychology of Sex in the following passage:

"It is clearly demonstrated that the physical sexual organs are not the seat of hysteria. It does not, however, follow that even physical sexual desire, when repressed, is not a cause of hysteria. The opinion that it was so formed an essential part of the early doctrine of hysteria, and was embodied in the ancient maxim: “Nubat illa et morbus effugiet.” The womb, it seemed to the ancients, was crying out for satisfaction, and when that was received the disease vanished."

Ellis does not cite his source.

As of 2015, it was retraceable in Google Books to its earliest printed instance in De morbi hysterici vera indole (1733) by Friedrich Hoffmann.

The phrase is also mentioned in Das Geschlechtsleben des Weibes in physiologischer, pathologischer und therapeutischer Hinsicht (five volumes, 1839–44, English: Female sexuality based on physiological, pathological and therapeutic aspects) by Dietrich Wilhelm Heinrich Busch and in Jacques Lisfranc de St. Martin's Maladies de l'utérus, d'après les leçons cliniques (1836), where the phrase is written as "nubat illa, et morbum effugiet".

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