Notes on the Sources for the Study of Malariatherapy in Italy

Alessandra Bonfigli, Edvige Fanfera


The article presents the result of a critical evaluation of the clinical histories of 1240 cases of progressive paresis recorded in the S. Maria della Pietą (1922-1950) and reconstructs the scientific discussion about the result of malariatherapy and its action mechanism. The bibliographical study led to a regional characterization of the therapy in the scientific orientation and techiques. The authors are now working out the data, hoping in a future debate on the topic. 


Key words: MalariaTherapy - Progressive paresis  - Psychiatry - Malariology 

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