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BARRIOS LOPEZ, Manuela  and  MARQUEZ VALDERRAMA, Jorge. Medicalizing delinquents or turning the mad into criminals?: Practices of alienation and legal medicine in Colombia in the early the 20th century. Salud colect. [online]. 2019, vol.15, e1965. ISSN 1669-2381.

This article analyzes medical-legal associations between madness and criminality in department of Antioquia (Colombia) during the three first decades of 20th century. The analysis was oriented by two overlapping axes: discourses and practices. The ideas of four doctors, generated between 1917 and 1925, were examined in order to identify the theoretical debates that delimited and defined mental illnesses in legal cases. The use of qualified knowledge and their place as experts were analyzed in a judicial case, initiated in 1921, in which theoretical confrontations surfaced among the doctors that debated the possible insanity of the defendant.

Keywords : Forensic Medicine; Criminals; Medicalization; Malingering; Mental Disorders; Colombia..

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