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Giorgio Antonnuci and the Institute Osservanza

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Adrienn

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My Father who lives in Australia said there was an article in the newspaper on the above man, and the great work he has had treating people diagnosed with schizophrenia without using medication, Him and someone called Mosher? Has anyone got more info on what he is doing?

Here is the only english site I have found so far, from a psychiatric survivor.
http://www.tristano-ajmone.oism.info/friends_giorgio_antonucci.htm

I also found this here

http://www.freedommag.org/english/LA/issue07/page02.htm
The evening’s second award was presented to Dr. Giorgio Antonucci for his work to reform psychiatric hospitals in Italy’s institutional snake pits of human degradation that have housed hundreds of abused and neglected patients.

In presenting Dr. Antonucci’s award, actress Juliette Lewis called his actions “heroic.”

“He dedicated himself to working with individuals with severe personal problems,” she said. “His work inevitably led him to Italy’s notorious asylums, infamous for their concentration camp-like conditions. Here he found three ‘choices’ of treatment: electroshock, insulin shock or heavy drugs.

“However, unlike the psychiatrists in these institutions, this compassionate medical doctor believed that communication could heal even the most seriously disturbed mind. He opposed enforced incarceration and inhumane physical treatments, and favored a system based on the voluntary comings and goings of patients.”

At the asylum in Imola, Dr. Antonucci volunteered to run Unit 14, the most dangerous ward. There, 44 schizophrenic women, most of who had been incarcerated for many years, were so seriously disturbed they had been strapped to their beds — some for up to 20 years. Working sometimes 24 hours a day, and ignoring the protests of nurses, Dr. Antonucci began to release the women from their confinement. He spent many, many hours each day talking with them and penetrating their deliriums and anguish.

After a few months, his ‘dangerous’ patients were all free and able to walk — and to begin life again.

“In fact,” said Lewis, “it was not possible to distinguish a former patient from a nurse.”

Speaking through an interpreter, Dr. Antonucci promised to continue to dedicate himself to ending the abusive and destructive practices of psychiatry, acknowledging CCHR for their help, dedication and strong support.

Anyone got any more info on his work?
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Adrienne
 
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Apotheosis

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“However, unlike the psychiatrists in these institutions, this compassionate medical doctor believed that communication could heal even the most seriously disturbed mind. He opposed enforced incarceration and inhumane physical treatments, and favored a system based on the voluntary comings and goings of patients.”

At the asylum in Imola, Dr. Antonucci volunteered to run Unit 14, the most dangerous ward. There, 44 schizophrenic women, most of who had been incarcerated for many years, were so seriously disturbed they had been strapped to their beds — some for up to 20 years. Working sometimes 24 hours a day, and ignoring the protests of nurses, Dr. Antonucci began to release the women from their confinement. He spent many, many hours each day talking with them and penetrating their deliriums and anguish.

After a few months, his ‘dangerous’ patients were all free and able to walk — and to begin life again.

“In fact,” said Lewis, “it was not possible to distinguish a former patient from a nurse.”
I know this is an old post - but thanks for posting this. I'll look into this person further.

This is what is known; it's known what best helps those in severe distress. That the MH system carries on it's barbaric treatments is nothing less than a very severe human rights abuse.

Even those classed as the most severely ill; can be properly helped to full & complete med free recovery in the vast majority of cases. This is proven.
 
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