Las psicosis puerperales II (lecciones impartidas en el Asilo Santa Ana)

Translated title of the contribution: The puerperal psychosis II (lessons given in the Santa Ana Asylum)

Gilbert Ballet, Paola González (Translator)

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Let's first consider the psychosis of pregnancy.
A certain number of cases published by various authors under the name of puerperal madness should certainly be considered as examples of psychic disorders of a uremic nature.
The fact that the following account was communicated by Mr. Leonard to the clinical society in 1886: a woman in the eighth month of pregnancy is prey to eclamptic accidents. She had 12 seizures prior to November 29; 29 fell back into a coma; on November 30, there was a last access followed by a comatose state. From December 2 to 7, there is agitation, mobile hallucinations with calm intervals and contracted pupils. From the 7th, the cerebral accidents disappear and the illness is not long in being cured. That the mental lathes noted in this observation are designated, if we so wish, with the name of puerperal mania as Mr. Leonard does, is the question of the term which it is necessary to delve into. But it is not doubtful that the manic agitation observed in this case was of a uremic or at least toxic nature.
The physiognomy, the short duration of the psychic disorders, the circumstances in which they occurred, after the convulsions and followed by a coma, their coincidence with a contraction of the pupils, prove it, it seems to me, sufficiently.
Translated title of the contributionThe puerperal psychosis II (lessons given in the Santa Ana Asylum)
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)62-70
Number of pages8
JournalActa Psiquiátrica y Psicológica de América Latina
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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