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Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria

Print version ISSN 0004-282XOn-line version ISSN 1678-4227

Abstract

DELGADO-GARCIA, Guillermo; RODRIGUEZ-NAVAREZ, Carolina  and  ESTANOL, Bruno. The charming physician (El médico encantador): neurological conditions in a short story by Silvina Ocampo. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 2017, vol.75, n.11, pp.830-832. ISSN 0004-282X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0004-282x20170129.

The Argentinian author Silvina Ocampo (1903-1993) left us a vast body of works which are considered outstanding in many ways. In 1960, she published a short story, entitled “El médico encantador" (The Charming Physician), in the renowned literary magazine Sur. The central character of this piece is a family doctor named Albino Morgan, who had a secret truth: in any house he visited, all variety of disease also entered. He brought with him the viruses he disseminated. The narrator of this short story—one of his patients—describes four of Morgan's diseases. These imaginary neurological conditions allowed Ocampo to explore improbable situations in everyday life.

Keywords : neurology; medicine in literature; medicine in art; agnosia; sleep initiation and maintenance disorders.

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