Asclepio, Vol 66, No 1 (2014)

El significado de “parálisis general del demente” en Victoria, Australia; 1886-1906


https://doi.org/10.3989/asclepio.2014.08

Phillip Roberts
School of Archaeology & Anthropology. The Australian National University, Australia

Resumen


En este trabajo presenta una conclusión sobre el significado de la “parálisis general de los locos” como diagnóstico en los informes del Victorian Registrar General durante el siglo XIX. La mayoría de los estudios sugieren que en el pasado el diagnóstico se refiere a la neuro-sífilis, y aunque después de 1906 no se discute, este trabajo mostrará que el diagnóstico tiene un significado mucho más amplio e incorpora muchas formas de enfermedad degenerativa del cerebro durante el período de estudio (Victoria 1886 a 1906). Se reconoce, sin embargo, que el uso de este diagnóstico puede haber variado drásticamente en el pasado dependiendo de la formación y del ambiente médico. Se ha llegado a esta conclusión mediante el análisis de los registros hospitalarios de la población de Victoria, Australia. Este documento también presenta métodos para determinar el significado de los diagnósticos médicos obsoletos cuya definición es confusa.

Palabras clave


«Parálisis General del Loco»; Neuro-Sífilis; Enfermedad Degenerativa del Cerebro; El Diagnóstico Histórico, Del Siglo XIX Victoria; Epidemiología Histórica

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