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Cesare Lombroso and Degenerative Psychosis

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Cesare Lombroso, an italian psychiatrist, thougt that being a genius may be the expression of a Degenerative Psychosis ?
Lombroso explained that in his book “”Genius and Insanity“, published in 1864. He tried to prove that such geniuses as Cellini, Goethe, Newton, Tasso, Rouseau, Comte, and many others had experienced attacks of insanity.
He also wrote in his last books that the quality of being a genius is associated with Epilepsy.
For several decades Lombroso had great popularity in Europe, but finally their lack of scientific basis made even Lombroso’s own pupils skeptical about his work.
Imagen de Cesare Lombroso

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Electric Convulsive Treatment

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in 1938 Cerletti and Bini in Italy introduce Electric Convulsive Treatment ?

It was based in the belief that schizophrenia and epilepsy do not occur together. Later studies questioned that.

Electric Convulsive Treatment o Electroshock is a small electric shock to induce an epilepsy seizure in the patient.
The frequency is variable, but usually given three times a week for a fortnight or a month.

In the past Electric Convulsive Treatment or Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) was used for different mental illnesses. Currently it is only prescribed for stubborn cases of depression or schizophrenia who are unresponsive to less invasive treatments. Nowadays electroshock is applied under anesthesia.

(Edited by Dr. María Moya Guirao, MD)

Electric Convulsive Treatment

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