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[The last melancholia of Alonso Quijano, the Righteous].

Authors
  • Chiappo, L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta psiquiátrica y psicológica de América latina
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1994
Volume
40
Issue
1
Pages
69–76
Identifiers
PMID: 8053356
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In Cervantes' immortal novel, "Don Quixote" is the nom de guerre that Alonso Quijano--a honest Spanish yeoman nicknamed "The Upright One"--adopts under the spell of insanity that has lured him into being a knight rider. A psycho-spiritual analysis of Don Quixote's return to mental health is presented, covering the time-span between Don Quixote's coming back to this native village and his last days. By way of a "historical diagnosis", the author proposes some clinical explanations: Goodman Quijano's last illness might have been a plasmodium falciparum-caused malaria; malaria, however did not contribute to reinstate soundmindedness (as per Wagner von Jauregg's therapeutic criteria, for example). Goodman Quijano's last fit of melancholy disclosed contempu mundi in him, a renunciation giving way to a joyful lucidity--in other words, a psychological awakening to a sublime conscience level of genuine spiritual characteristics.

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