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DicoPolHiS

Political Dictionary of the History of Health

Objects

    • The suitcases of Willard State Hospital (New-York)

      Suitcases as symbols of the struggle for dignity and civil rights of people with mental illnesses

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    • The Corset

      Devised to control the female body, the corset has had, between the 18th and the 20th century, many detractors.

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    • Sugar

      The relationship to sugar in our society is sustainably anchored on a difference between genders.

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    • LSD

      LSD was, for a while in the 50s, a promising medication before becoming controversial.

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    • D’Arsonval chronometer

      Time-measurement devices in clinical and experimental settings have historically tended to pathologize mental “slowness” and normalize “speed” as a signifier of mental health.

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