From 1940 to 1945, forty thousand patients died in French psychiatric hospitals. The Vichy regime’s “soft extermination” let patients die of cold, starvation, or lack of care. But in Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole, a small village in central France, one psychiatric hospital attempted to resist. Camille Robcis grapples with the historical, intellectual, and psychiatric meaning of the ethics articulated at Saint-Alban by exploring the movement’s key thinkers.
Camille Robcis, Professor of History and French at Columbia University
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This lecture is part of the Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar. Hosted by the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.