Book cover of Bedlam in the New World: A Mexican Madhouse in the Age of Enlightenment by Christina Ramosby Christina Ramos

A rebellious Indian proclaiming noble ancestry and entitlement, a military lieutenant foreshadowing the coming of revolution, a blasphemous Creole embroiderer in possession of a bundle of sketches brimming with pornography. All shared one thing in common. During the late eighteenth century, they were deemed to be mad and forcefully admitted to the Hospital de San Hipolito in Mexico City, the first hospital of the New World to specialize in the care and custody of the mentally disturbed.

Christina Ramos reconstructs the history of this overlooked colonial hospital from its origins in 1567 to its transformation in the eighteenth century, when it began to admit a growing number of patients transferred from the Inquisition and secular criminal courts.

Interview with the Author

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Christina Ramos, “Bedlam in the New World: A Mexican Madhouse in the Age of Enlightenment” (UNC Press, 2022)
7/1/22           68 min

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