The geography of institutional psychiatric care in France 1800-2000: historical analysis of the spatial diffusion of specialised facilities for institutional care of mental illness.

@article{Coldefy2010TheGO,
  title={The geography of institutional psychiatric care in France 1800-2000: historical analysis of the spatial diffusion of specialised facilities for institutional care of mental illness.},
  author={Magali Coldefy and Sarah E. Curtis},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2010},
  volume={71 12},
  pages={2117-29}
}
As in other European countries, specialised psychiatric hospitals were established throughout France during the 19th Century. The construction of these hospitals can be considered as the concrete expression of a therapeutic innovation which recognized insanity as an illness that could be treated in such specialised institutions. The spatial diffusion of these innovative institutions through 19th and 20th century France is analysed and we explore how far this can be understood through theories… CONTINUE READING

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