Audiobook: Alienista

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Alienista

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O Alienista, de Machado de Assis, Ă© um pequeno romance sobre loucura, cientificismo e poder. O enredo se desenrola a partir dos esforços cientĂ­ficos de um importante mĂ©dico portuguĂȘs, o dr. SimĂŁo Bacamarte, cuja obsessĂŁo pela busca de um mĂ©todo universal para tratar e curar distĂșrbios mentais leva os habitantes da pequena cidade de ItaguaĂ­ ao terror, conspiração e a tentativas de revolução. Em pouco tempo, o hospĂ­cio do dr. Bacamarte passa a tratar nĂŁo sĂł os doentes mentais, mas tambĂ©m os sĂŁos, que, segundo o diagnĂłstico do mĂ©dico, poderiam vir a desenvolver doenças mentais. O Alienista tem como tema a crĂ­tica ao cientificismo arbitrĂĄrio e sua influĂȘncia em elementos polĂ­ticos e culturais.

The Psychiatrist is a tragicomic literary piece on madness, scientism and power. It follows the scientific efforts of Dr. SimĂŁo Bacamarte, a prominent Portuguese physician whose obsession for discovering a universal method to treat and consequently cure mental disturbs drives the inhabitants of the small town of ItaguaĂ­ to fear, conspiracy and revolutionary attempts. In a short space of time, Bacamarte's madhouse passes to take inside of its walls not only mentally ill patients but also healthy citizens who, according to the doctor's diagnoses, are about to develop some sort of mental illness. The Psychiatrist stands out as a highly ironic critic to the arbitrary of Scientism and its influence on cultural and political matters. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Leni)

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