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I farmaci psicotropi come strumenti terapeutici e suicidari nel romanzo italiano da Verga a Pavese (2020)


The increasing therapeutic use of psychotropic drugs in the last decades of the 19th century led a number of Italian storytellers to introduce them to the plots of their novels. Verga, DAnnunzio and Serao were among the first, followed by Nòtari, Svevo and Papini, to continue with De Cèspedes and Pavese. In these authors psychotropic drugs, -opium, morphine, chloral, cocaine and veronal - were used in a therapeutic context, but even more often as suicidal instruments. Especially in the latter case, the slow course of intoxication allowed the author to broaden the narrative at his will. These uses of psychotropic drugs are compared with the voluptuary one, which only later enters the Italian novel in accordance with the slow infiltration of such use in the Italian society.

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Authors & Contributors
Black, Sara E.
Ledermann, François
Fusaro, Edwige Comoy
Mariana Ortiz Reynoso
Parent, André
Cambiaghi, Marco
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
Medicina Historica
Studium: Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitgeschiedenis
Pharmacy in History
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
History of Psychiatry
Springer Nature
Urgoiti Editores
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
Stair Uladh
McGill-Queen's University Press
Medicine and literature
Science and literature
Drug use
Psychotropic drugs
Lombroso, Cesare
Baroja, Pío
Andrade, Carlos Drummond de
Ribot, Théodule Armand
Volta, Alessandro
Sigerson, George
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
18th century
Early modern
21st century
Great Britain
Bern (Switzerland)
United States
National Medical Institute (NMI)

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