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Malaria therapy in Spain: 100 years after its introduction as a treatment for the general paralysis of the insane (2020)


This article addresses the implementation of malaria fever therapy in Spain. Neuropsychiatrist Rodríguez-Lafora first used it in 1924, but Vallejo-Nágera was the main advocate for the technique. He had learned the method from Wagner von Jauregg himself, and he worked in the Military Psychiatric Clinic and the San José Mental Hospital, both in Ciempozuelos (Madrid). Vallejo-Nágera worked with the parasitologist Zozaya, who had travelled to England with a Rockefeller Foundation grant in order to learn from British malariologist, Sydney Price James. This article details the results of the uneven implementation of this treatment in Spanish psychiatric institutions. Although syphilologists and internists used fever therapy for the treatment of general paralysis of the insane, they were much less enthusiastic than psychiatrists.

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Authors & Contributors
Slater, Leo B.
Lee, Bang Hyun
Baur, Nicole
Monnais, Laurence
Webb, James L. A.
Taylor, Steven J.
History of Psychiatry
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Korean Journal of Medical History
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
History of Technology
Cambridge University Press
Syracuse University Press
University of Portsmouth (United Kingdom
Il Mulino
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Psychiatric hospitals
Mental disorders and diseases
Freud, Sigmund
Great Britain
Devon (England)
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
18th century
20th century, late
League of Nations
Rockefeller Foundation

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