he last of the weakest, the mentally ill have always been kept on the margins of civil society: hidden, segregated or in any case “contained”, more than cared for and helped.
Of the long years of asylums, the echo of a disturbing word that often recurs in the medical records of the inpatients remains: “MARASMA”.
We have found several, of deaths “from MARASMA”, in the medical records of Italian asylums, in the twentieth century of our civilized country, the cradle of culture and history: closing the doors of asylums – Law 180, for the more “Basaglia Law ”, It was approved in 1978 – it also meant opening its archives, and revealing a hidden world of which we perceived only a distant echo.
Among the stories that we have found the most touching, the richest of emotions, the most absurd in their absolute normality, are those of the weakest of all: children and women.
Cinzia Lo Fazio
Alberto Gaino, Giusy Gabriele, Annacarlo Valeriano
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