Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2003; 7 (4): 111-114

Valuation of the psychiatric damage. Considerations about two clinical cases

U. Pàstina, S. Curci, C. Saraceni

Institut of Psychiatry, Catholic University “S. Cuore” – Rome (Italy)


Abstract. – We report a description of two mothers who scrupulously followed clinical controls and tests advised during pregnancy within a hospital environment, and who then gave birth to babies with serious deformation pathologies. In both cases, the seriousness of the psychiatric damage, is obviously useful for the medico-legal assessments. We have studied in both cases their mental make-up, understood as stable relationships between parts of the mind (thought, language, perception…). We have observed that in a fragile make-up a non significant event in many ways can cause an extremely violent reaction, whilst on the contrary, a serious event in “solid” people may not cause damaging consequences. The assessment of the mental make-up, conditions the degree of psychiatric damage, which is useful to the medical examiner, and is of fundamental importance for the individual choice of a therapeutic process.

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U. Pàstina, S. Curci, C. Saraceni
Valuation of the psychiatric damage. Considerations about two clinical cases

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2003
Vol. 7 - N. 4
Pages: 111-114