The Mental Health Service at the Pediatric Clinic of the University "La Sapienza" in Rome: 1948-2009
Keywords:History of Pediatrics , Pediatric Training
AbstractThe article outlines the history of the Mental Health Center operating within the Pediatric Clinic and School of Pediatrics of the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, Italy, from 1948 to 2009. The main aim of the Center was to contribute to the understanding of the developmental process in children, to study its promoting factors and, at the same time, to consider the psychological and human implications of health issues. The original idea of the Center was the need to integrate psychological implication in pediatric care. In times of increasing negative technical interferences in the doctor-patient relationship, the Center acted as an open cultural space proposing a medical model concerned with the wholeness of the patient and his psychophysical wellbeing.