The Man Who Closed the Asylums – El Hombre que Cerró los Manicomios | via The Guardian

The Man Who Closed the Asylums Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care by John Foot – review Books The Guardian

“Franco Basaglia is still a household name in Italy. His name is always attached to Law 180 (“Basaglia’s law”), promulgated in 1978. It was a rushed compromise of legislation that effectively ended the era of detention and repression for the mentally ill. Basaglia knew it was imperfect, warning that “we should avoid a sense of euphoria”, but it was the culmination of a career on the medical barricades. In the words of the Italian philosopher, Norberto Bobbio, it was “the only real reform” in Italian history. Basaglia died just two years later, aged only 56.” [ . . . ]

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/19/man-who-closed-asylums-franco-basaglia-review

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