Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
On-line version ISSN 1726-4642
Print version ISSN 1726-4634
SALAVERRY, Oswaldo. The stone of madness: starting points of the history of mental health. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [online]. 2012, vol.29, n.1, pp.143-148. ISSN 1726-4642. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1726-46342012000100022.
Addressing the relatively recent concern of public health in the issue of mental health problems, the evolution of the concept of mental illness in the occidental pre-modern history is revised, as well as the reasons why it remained outside the mainstream of the professional healing activity. The differences between the naturalist and the supernatural views are explored as well.
Keywords : Mental health; History of medicine; Public health.