"The madness of the fighters". The origins of the war psychiatry in Italy

Author/s Paolo Giovannini
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2016/73
Language Italian Pages 23 P. 157-179 File size 286 KB
DOI 10.3280/SPC2016-073008
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In the period between the late ‘800 and early ‘900, the war/madness relationship, the psychiatric impacts of armed conflict, with the beginnings of the modern war, are acquiring considerable importance, becoming subject of theoretical reflection and elaboration of measures aimed at controlling or at least to mitigate its impact. In this sense, the paper analyzes the structuring of these issues in Italy in the years before the First World War, focusing on the "laboratory" made up of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and on the Libyan enterprise experience. They are also taken into account some lines of psychiatric debates at that time develop around the psycho-physical selection and army morale prophylaxis

Paolo Giovannini, Ricerche. «La pazzia dei combattenti». Le origini della psichiatria di guerra in Italia in "STORIA E PROBLEMI CONTEMPORANEI" 73/2016, pp 157-179, DOI: 10.3280/SPC2016-073008