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      Fernando Franzolini and the Case of Hystero-Demonopathies in Verzegnis

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      European Yearbook of the History of Psychology
      Brepols Publishers

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          The Verzegnis collective possession, studied and treated by Fernando Franzolini, represents a case of hysteria in the sense of an imbalance between involuntary or cerebral innervation, and involuntary, automatic or spinal innervation, which, in a normal state, is naturally subordinate to the former. In this mental illness, the demonopathy element is attributed as one of secondary chance: the real key to this case is the imitative contagion affecting deeply irritable minds. Stopping the contagion means isolating the women, preventing them from having contact with each other and protecting them against any suggestive influence (exorcisms, ringing of bells, collective mass). During the final stage of the epidemic the Carabinieri police authorities are to be heavily involved, ensuring that the standards of social hygiene are strictly met. The report is concluded with the announcement that the therapy has been successful.

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          Journal
          EYHP
          eyhp
          European Yearbook of the History of Psychology
          Brepols Publishers
          2295-5267
          2507-0304
          January 2016
          : 2
          : 133-157
          Article
          10.1484/J.EYHP.5.112944
          5c0df577-3002-441a-86d3-d72335620ccf
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          Self URI (journal page): https://www.brepolsonline.net/loi/eyhp

          Psychology,Anthropology,Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry
          Psychology, Anthropology, Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry

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