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CAPONI, Sandra. The simulators: truth and power in the psychiatry of José Ingenieros. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos [online]. 2016, vol.23, n.4, pp.1003-1022. ISSN 1678-4758.

Using Michel Foucault’s lectures on “Psychiatric power” as its starting point, this article analyzes the book Simulación de la locura (The simulation of madness), published in 1903 by the Argentine psychiatrist José Ingenieros. Foucault argues that the problem of simulation permeates the entire history of modern psychiatry. After initial analysis of José Ingenieros’s references to the question of simulation in the struggle for existence, the issue of simulation in pathological states in general is examined, and lastly the simulation of madness and the problem of degeneration. Ingenieros participates in the epistemological and political struggle that took place between experts-psychiatrists and simulators over the question of truth.

Palavras-chave : simulation; psychiatry; madness; José Ingenieros (1877-1925); Michel Foucault (1926-1984).

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