Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: On Insanity and Its Classification

  • The Bonifacio Hospital: reforming psychiatric hospital care

    Panagiota Kitsantas Fairfax, Virginia, United States  The Bonifacio Hospital, Florence, Italy In 1369-1377 Bonifacio Lupi, mayor of Florence and Captain of the People, founded the Bonifacio Hospital (Ospedale di Bonifacio) dedicated to St. John the Baptist. In the sixteenth century, the hospital admitted patients suffering from syphilis, known as the “French disease,” spread by troops…