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Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría

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MACAVILCA-CRUZ, Marco  and  STUCCHI-PORTOCARRERO, Santiago. Historical aspects of clinotherapy. Rev Neuropsiquiatr [online]. 2020, vol.83, n.3, pp.192-197. ISSN 0034-8597.

Clinotherapy or “bed rest” was first introduced as a treatment for mental illness in 1852, with the aim of inhibit the “consciousness of movement” and peripheral excitation, in order to make it possible a “psychological rest”. At the beginning, clinotherapy, along with open door and non-restraint principles, meant an alternative to seclusion rooms, straitjackets and other restrictive practices. However, over time it became a simple seclusion in a room, many times in inappropriate conditions.

Keywords : History of medicine; bed rest; psychiatry; clinotherapy.

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