Monday, October 09, 2006

Famine: the distant shadow over French psychiatry

Reading about French anti-psychiatry I ran into a reference to a book by Max Lafont titled l'Extermination douce. It is an account of conditions in psychiatric hospitals in Vichy France, where it is estimated that some 48,000 mental patients starved to death. There is apparently no book on this subject in English, but the article "Famine: the distant shadow over French psychiatry" give a chilling summary of what is known and also asks why, when so much attention has been paid to German atrocities, there has been nothing written in English about this tragic story.

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