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Eugenesia, salud mental y tipología psicológica del mexicano

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Author(s): Suárez y López-Guazo, Laura

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

Volume: 54;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 19;
Date: 2002;
Original page

Keywords: eugenics | public health | psychology | Mexico | eugenesia;salud mental;psicología;México

ABSTRACT
An account is made of the fundamental principles of legal medicine proposed by the english psichyatrist Henry Maudsley, of the criminal anthropology postulated by the italian Cesare Lombroso and of the anthropologyc school, which were used as cientificity frames to detect, explain and solve mental health related phenomenons by eminent psichyatrist, criminologists and legal doctors of medicine from México, with important influence on the field of public health, between the decades 1930 and 1960. In that project had to do also the evolutionist thesis and the arguments derived from the eugenesic current (racial betterment advocationist), which led to consider such measures as sterilization and even the elimination of individuals considered to be carries of hereditary characters producing patterns of antisocial behavoir, such as wadness and nervious system fragility, then vinculated to criminality, pauperization and prostitution. On the implementation of mental health programs and it’s legal aspects, the participation of the following professional institutions is fundamental: Academia Nacional de Medicina de México, Sociedad Mexicana de Puericultura, Sociedad Eugénica Mexicana para el Mejoramiento de la Raza, Sociedad Mexicana de Neurología y y Psiquiatría and the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias Penales. A review is made of diverse attemps to stablish the psychological typology of mexicans, based on bio-typological and psychosomatic data from evolutionism and eugenics thesis, which even led to the organization of a criminal biology service, to detect individuals considered to be carries o certain hereditary characters which were thought to be the source of anti-social qualified conducts, also vinculated whith diverse mental pathologies such as criminality.Se reseñan diversos intentos por establecer la tipología psicológica del mexicano, con apoyo en datos biotipológicos y psicosomáticos, del evolucionismo y tesis relativas a la doctrina eugenésica, que condujeron incluso a impulsar un servicio de biología criminal para detectar los individuos considerados portadores de caracteres hereditarios generadores de conductas calificadas como antisociales, como la locura y la fragilidad del sistema nervioso, que se vincularon con diversas patologías mentales como la criminalidad. Se señalan elementos derivados de la medicina legal propuestos por el psiquiatra inglés Henry Maudsley, de la antropología criminal italiana de Cesare Lombroso y de la escuela antropométrica francesa, que se emplearon como marcos de cientificidad para detectar, explicar y resolver los fenómenos relativos a la salud mental por parte de destacados psiquiatras, criminólogos y médicos legistas mexicanos, con importante influencia en el campo de la salud pública, entre las décadas treinta y sesenta. En la instrumentación de los programas de salud mental y los aspectos legislativos al respecto, es fundamental la participación de instituciones como la Sociedad Mexicana de Eugenesia para el Mejoramiento de la Raza, la Sociedad Mexicana de Neurología y Psiquiatría y la Academia Mexicana de Ciencias Penales, entre otras.

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