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Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría

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STUCCHI-PORTOCARRERO, Santiago. Moral treatment and the beginning of the asylum in Peru. Rev Neuropsiquiatr [online]. 2015, vol.78, n.3, pp.153-158. ISSN 0034-8597.

Moral treatment was developed in Europe in the late XVIII century as an ideology that proposed a humane treatment of the mentally ill, opposed to the coercive methods usual until then. In Peru José Casimiro Ulloa was the introducer of those ideas, to denounce the deplorable situation of “loquerías” of San Andres andSanta Ana hospitals, which led to the foundation of Hospital Civil de la Misericordia in 1859. In the new hospital, a reform from asylum system was attempted, but over the years the place was cramped for the growing population. The inauguration of Asilo Colonia de la Magdalena in 1918 meant a new hope for those who were advocating a good treatment of the mentally ill. Unfortunately the history of overcrowding and mistreatment would be repeated in the new hospital in the following decades.

Keywords : moral treatment; asylum; alienism; history; psychiatry.

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