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La psiquiatría y el fenómeno de las «apariciones» a finales del siglo XIX

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Author(s): Müller, Thomas

Journal: Asclepio : Revista de Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia
ISSN 0210-4466

Volume: 58;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 97;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Psychiatry | ghosts | occultism | professionalization | Psiquiatría | fantasmas | ocultismo | profesionalización

ABSTRACT
At the end of the 19th century, the flourishing of occultist societies and periodicals in Germany was more than noteworthy. For this reason, the silence of psychiatry in the face of cases of apparitions of ghosts which were often made public is striking. By taking as a reference two of these cases, an attempt is made to understand the reasons for such silence. The thesis of the article is that a discipline that was seeking to legitimate itself scientifically decided not to «contaminate itself» with matters that science and medicine considered doubtful. It was only from the time of the First World War that such phenomena began to be a subject of interest, insofar as they could be considered exemplary pathological cases.A finales del siglo XIX el auge de las sociedades y de las revistas ocultistas en Alemania era más que notable. Por eso llama la atención el silencio de la psiquiatría ante los casos de apariciones de fantasmas que a menudo se hacían públicos. Tomando como referencia dos de estos casos se intenta comprender los motivos de tal silencio. La tesis del artículo es que una disciplina que buscaba legitimarse científicamente decidió no «contaminarse» con asuntos que la ciencia y la medicina consideraban dudosos. Sólo a partir de la Primera Guerra Mundial tales fenómenos empezaron a ser objeto de interés en la medida en que podían considerarse casos patológicos ejemplares.
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