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Madhouse: Psychiatry and Politics in Cuban History

Jennifer L. Lambe


On the outskirts of Havana lies Mazorra, an asylum known to—and at times feared by—ordinary Cubans for over a century. Since its founding in 1857, the island’s first psychiatric hospital has been an object of persistent political attention. Drawing on hospital documents and government records, as well as the popular press, photographs, and oral histories, Jennifer L. Lambe charts the connections between the inner workings of this notorious institution and the highest echelons of Cuban politics. Across the sweep of modern Cuban history, she finds, Mazorra has served as both laboratory and micro ... More

Keywords: Cuba, Psychiatry, Mazorra, Asylum, Cuban history, Madhouse, History of psychiatry, Psychiatric hospital, Cuban politics, Revolution (Cuba)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469631028
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631028.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer L. Lambe, author
Brown University