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Salud colectiva

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VANADIA, Laura Natalia  and  RODRIGUEZ, María Laura. Know-what and know-how in the Hospital-Asilo of Oliva (1914-1950): the Adela case. Salud colect. [online]. 2019, vol.15, e2211. ISSN 1669-2381.

This paper analyze multiple experiences about the functioning of the first Open-Door in Argentina’s inside, the “Asilo Colonia Regional Mixto de Alienados Oliva”, created in the province of Cordoba in 1914. We approach a set of clinical histories and specialized publications of the institutional bulletin, deepening in theoretical and therapeutic processes articulated during the first decade of hospitalization of a patient who lived in Oliva most of her adult life. This study case questions the relevance given to this madhouse as a space of reclusion and social control. We show that, in a context of crisis about institutional resources and transformation into psychiatric models, the configuration of know-what and know-how of these alienists did not constitute a monolithic authority, accounting for how the behaviors of patients and their relatives, values and social uses defined types of income, diagnoses and treatment possibilities.

Keywords : Psychiatry; History; Hospitals, Psychiatric; Mental Disorders; Argentina.

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