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La ‘logica immanente’ della follia: Biochimica e fenomenologia in Roland Kuhn (1912-2005) (2020)


On the second International Congress of Psychiatry in Zürich (1957), Swiss psychiatrist Roland Kuhn (1912-2005) gave a report on the discovery of the antidepressant proprieties of imipramine. This fact was judged by Kuhn himself ‘absolutely extraordinary,’ and contributed to include Kuhn among the protagonists of a real ‘revolution’ in the psychiatric treatment of depressive states. Nevertheless, it ended up overshadowing his decisive role in the development of psychotherapeutic value of Daseinsanalyse. After briefly presenting Roland Kuhn in the context of Swiss psychiatry in the early 20th century and retracing the stages that led to his important discovery, this paper aims to analyse: 1) the specific dialectic between biochemical research and phenomenological treatment in Kuhn’s work; 2) his integrated conception of the human being in a ‘bio-psychological’ sense; 3) his profound critical awareness of limits and conditions of possibility of psychopharmacology in the treatment of mental disorders.

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Authors & Contributors
Balz, Viola
Blazer, Dan G.
Borges, Viviane Trindade
Ghaemi, S. Nassir
Halliwell, Martin
Healy, David
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Health and History
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
History of Psychiatry
History of the Human Sciences
Rutgers University Press
Cambridge University Press
Duke University Press
Grand Central Publishing
Harvard University Press
Mental disorders and diseases
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Psychotropic drugs
Erikson, Erik H.
Feingold, Ben F.
Foucault, Michel
Freud, Sigmund
Fromm, Erich
Goffman, Erving
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
United States
Great Britain
Chicago (Illinois, U.S.)
United States. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA)

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