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Madness and degeneration, I

Madness and degeneration, I iii Pnnted m History ofP4ychwfly , (1992), 391-411. 391 England Madness and I.* degeneration, From ’fallen to ill angel’ mentally RAFAEL HUERTAS † Edited by C. M. WINSTON The of as formulated Morel and modified theory degeneration by by Magnan exercised influence over and French in great European psychiatry, psychiatry the second half of the nineteenth Morales particular, during century. Meseguer considers the element of and belief in Morel’s that, despite large speculation the doctrine of was received in work, degeneration favourably contemporary French circles because of the solution it offered to all the psychiatric simple research into the causes of mental illness. addressed major problems being by somaticist illness to an level With a strictly concept tracing underlying physical offered an for the (abnormal body formation), degenerationism explanation clinical of mental illness. The imbalance protean, non-systematic aspects present in the substrate where mental illness to organic appeared provided keys objective causal since certain traits of the external diagnosis, degenerated person’s made the abnormal of his morphology (stigmata) shape body quite clearly and the social exclusion of the ill and his evident, justified mentally person from the normal individual on scientific ’qualitative’ separation apparently grounds. At the of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Psychiatry SAGE

Madness and degeneration, I

History of Psychiatry , Volume 3 (12): 21 – Dec 1, 1992

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iii Pnnted m History ofP4ychwfly , (1992), 391-411. 391 England Madness and I.* degeneration, From ’fallen to ill angel’ mentally RAFAEL HUERTAS † Edited by C. M. WINSTON The of as formulated Morel and modified theory degeneration by by Magnan exercised influence over and French in great European psychiatry, psychiatry the second half of the nineteenth Morales particular, during century. Meseguer considers the element of and belief in Morel’s that, despite large speculation the doctrine of was received in work, degeneration favourably contemporary French circles because of the solution it offered to all the psychiatric simple research into the causes of mental illness. addressed major problems being by somaticist illness to an level With a strictly concept tracing underlying physical offered an for the (abnormal body formation), degenerationism explanation clinical of mental illness. The imbalance protean, non-systematic aspects present in the substrate where mental illness to organic appeared provided keys objective causal since certain traits of the external diagnosis, degenerated person’s made the abnormal of his morphology (stigmata) shape body quite clearly and the social exclusion of the ill and his evident, justified mentally person from the normal individual on scientific ’qualitative’ separation apparently grounds. At the of the

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Published: Dec 1, 1992

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