Hospitalism syndrome. Definition

Medical Definition: hospitalism syndrome

Term introduced by R. Spitz to designate the group of disorders that occurs in young children (six to eighteen months) when separated from their mothers and placed in an institution (orphanage, hospital, etc..). The lack of human contact for most of the day and the lack of maternal care mean that, despite the fact that children receive a perfect diet and hygienic care who enter a state of lethargy and stupor called \