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Madness in Buenos Aires: Patients, Psychiatrists and the Argentine State, 1880-1983 (Ohio RIS Latin America Series) Paperback – October 28, 2008

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  • Series: Ohio RIS Latin America Series (Book 47)
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press, Ohio University Press; 1 edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896802590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896802599
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,484,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Ablard… shows something that many scholars have suspected but no one has been able to prove: that despite discourses and intentions, the Argentine state has been historically weak and therefore its ability for exercising social control has been very limited. I hope that Ablard’s book will encourage other scholars to take a fresh look at other dimensions of social control in Argentina.”
Mariano Ben Plotkin — author of Argentina on the Couch: Psychiatry, State, and Society, 1880 to the Present

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Jonathan Ablard is an assistant professor at Ithaca College, where he teaches Latin American history.

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The mentally ill have been treated in different attitudes throughout history, ranging from compassion and tolerance to persecution and institutionalization. "Madness in Buenos Aires: Patients, Psychiatrists, and the Argentine State, 1880-1983" by Jonathan D. Ablard carefully examines the history of Argentina and how that country dealt with its mentally unstable for over a century. Going over the history of the practices and what they did right and what they did wrong, "Madness in Buenos Aires" presents a vivid and detailed picture of how a non-American country dealt with its psychological health problems. A work of seminal scholarship, "Madness in Buenos Aires" is a study worth reading for historians and non-specialist general readers with an interest in mental health issues and history.
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