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The optimism of practice: The impact of Basaglia’s thoughts on Brazil 

The optimism of practice: The impact of Basaglia’s thoughts on Brazil
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The optimism of practice: The impact of Basaglia’s thoughts on Brazil
Author(s):

Ernesto Venturini

, Maria Stella Brandão Goulart

, and Paulo Amarante

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198841012.003.0007
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date: 27 July 2021

Basaglia’s impact in Brazil has been very significant not only in social and healthcare, but also in the world of culture, art, politics, and science. Two aspects can help us to assess this impact: the law of psychiatry reform, and the popularity of Basaglia among activist patients and mental health workers. To evaluate the background to this influence, this chapter refers to three key things: Basaglia’s trips to Brazil, as documented and according to the memory of witnesses; the published book of the talks of the meetings; and the invitation expressed by Basaglia to directly know the practice of Trieste. Finally, in order to analyse the reasons for the impact, the chapter refers to the strength of collective thought, the power of critical thinking, the focus on whole life, and great communicative ability. It concludes that Basaglia’s thoughts are, at the same time, radical and democratic.

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