Women and madness the incarceration of women in nineteenth-century France by Yannick Ripa

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Published by Polity Press in association with Basil Blackwell, Oxford, UK in Cambridge, UK .

Written in English

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Places:

  • France

Subjects:

  • Psychiatric hospitals -- France -- History -- 19th century.,
  • Psychiatric hospital patients -- France -- History -- 19th century.,
  • Women patients -- France -- History -- 19th century.

Edition Notes

Book details

StatementYannick Ripa ; translated by Catherine du Peloux Menagé.
SeriesFeminist perspectives
Classifications
LC ClassificationsRC450.F7 R5713 1990
The Physical Object
Pagination175 p. ;
Number of Pages175
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1768706M
ISBN 100745604544
LC Control Number92120309

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