Old Rome's slaughterhouse

The old slaughterhouse - Stabilimento di Mattazione - in the Testaccio area of Rome played a relevant role in the development of physical treatment of mental illnesses, because it was here that Ugo Cerletti, in the 1930s, conducted the experiments that eventually led to the invention of the Elettroshock therapy in 1938.

The complex "was carried out according to the project of the architect Gioacchino Ersoch, between 1888 and 1891, when the city of Rome was the object of remarkable works oriented to its transformation in Rome The Capital"1. The area now hosts a contemporary art museum and other social and cultural activities.

  • Photos by ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#ihgroB acuL (July 2012).

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