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A Life

JoÃo Biehl

in Subjectivity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247925
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939639 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247925.003.0015
A Life

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This chapter tells the story of a young woman named Caterina, who was considered mad and left by her family in an asylum in Southern Brazil, examining the “dictionary” she created, which was composed of words that had meaning for her and gave form to both her past and present being. It shows the complicated circuits where Caterina's abandonment and pathology took form, as well as the edges of human imagination that she keeps on expanding. The chapter also unravels her story, including the misdiagnosis, excessive medication, and complicity among health professionals and family in creating her status as a psychotic.

Keywords: abandonment; pathology; human imagination; dictionary; present being; psychotic; misdiagnosis; excessive medication; complicity

Chapter.  8891 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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