Pluralismo e Dissensão: o Magnetismo Animal em Debate no Portugal de Meados de Oitocentos

Translated title of the contribution: Pluralism and dissent: Animal magnetism in debate in portugal in the mid-nineteenth century

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Abstract

Em meados do século XIX, em Portugal, discutiu-se com relativa intensidade medicina e sistemas médicos alternativos e complementares, quer na imprensa periódica especializada, quer em alguns jornais de cunho generalista. Dentre estes sistemas médicos, que emergiram com vigor no Portugal do Romantismo, um parece ter gerado especial debate: o magnetismo animal. O presente artigo, em perspectiva comparada, visa resgatar o alcance histórico deste sistema clínico, analisando a curiosidade popular e especializada em torno desta terapia. Finalmente, contextualizar-se-ão as querelas literárias e institucionais que o magnetismo animal desencadeou neste período.

In mid-nineteenth century Portugal, alternative and complementary medical systems and medicine were discussed with relative intensity in the specialized press and in some mainstream newspapers. One of these medical systems, which gained ground during Portugal’s romantic era, seems to have sparked particular debate: animal magnetism. A comparative approach is taken to review the historical scope of this healing system, analyzing popular and specialized curiosity regarding this therapy. Finally, the literary and institutional disagreements that animal magnetism unleashed during the period are contextualized.
Translated title of the contributionPluralism and dissent: Animal magnetism in debate in portugal in the mid-nineteenth century
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)503-521
Number of pages19
JournalHistoria Ciencias Saude-Manguinhos
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • História
  • Saúde
  • Magnetismo animal
  • Controvérsia
  • Pluralismo
  • History
  • Pluralism
  • Controversy
  • Animal magnetism
  • Health

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