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From dream to madness: psychiatric hospitals and Portuguese immigration in São Paulo (1929-1939)

Abstract

It is intended here to discuss the Portuguese presence in asylums institutions of São Paulo between 1929 and 1939. In the early twentieth century, São Paulo City received thousands of immigrants seeking a better life through their attempt to "make America" urban growth has been accompanied by new realities of the city, including the organization of asylums institutions. In 1898 it was founded the Insane Asylum of Juquery, designed by the doctor Francisco Franco da Rocha and 31 years after the Pinel Sanatorium by Antonio Carlos Pacheco e Silva. By consulting the prescription documentation produced by both institutions we yearn to understand how mental illness, or diagnosis of mental illness, acted on this dream of social prosperity fueled by immigration. Also we sought to the other side of this history, of Portuguese origin of employees who worked in Juquery. (AU)

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