On the hellebore trail: an anthropological research into madness

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Mario Augusto Maieron

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Beginning with myth, this article retraces the history of an antique psychiatric therapy, hellebore, present in medicine from Hippocratic times until well beyond the age of Enlightenment.


Providing a background are aspects of the anthropological history of madness, relating to culture, not only medical, together with literary examples, which were reiterated from classic antiquity up to ‘900.

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