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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

versión impresa ISSN 0211-5735


TROPE, Hélène. The Inquisition face to madness in Spain in the XVI and XVII centuries (I): Manifestations, treatments and hospitals. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.2, pp.291-310. ISSN 0211-5735.

This article, based on the inquisitorial documents of Archivo Histórico Nacional analyses the inquisitors' and their assistants' madness point of view and, in some cases, how they used it to silence certain attitudes in the XVI and XVII centuries. In the first part of the article, madness manifestations and treatments are studied in the inquisitorial field. Mad defendant cases are analysed, essentially those ones, inquisitors did not consider to be politically dangerous because the defendants were not susceptible of spreading their ideas or making rivals. Besides, regarding mad defendants' admission, the strained relationship between the Toledo inquisitors and the chapter, on which this town's mental hospital (Hospital del Nuncio) depended, is also mentioned.

Palabras clave : Symptoms; treatments; melancholy; mania; torture; the Hospital del Nuncio de Toledo mental hospital.

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