La “Repubblica dei Matti”: the work of Franco Basaglia

contentIn his most recent book, La “Repubblica dei Matti”: Franco Basaglia e la psichiatria radicale in Italia, 1961-1978  (Feltrinelli, 2014) John Foot examines the work of the radical psychiatrist Franco Basaglia (1924-1980) in Gorizia which paved the way for law 180/1978 and the closure of Italy’s mental hospitals. It is a case-study of some of the mechanisms of social exclusion and how they can be combatted. The post-1978 course of community mental health care in Italy remains a matter of continuing attention and research.

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