Sounding the 'citizen-patient' : the politics of voice at the Hospice des Quinze-Vingts in post-revolutionary Paris
Sykes, Ingrid. (2011) Sounding the 'citizen-patient' : the politics of voice at the Hospice des Quinze-Vingts in post-revolutionary Paris. Medical History, Vol.55 (No.4). pp. 479-502. ISSN 0025-7273Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC319964...
This essay explores new models of the citizen–patient by attending to the post-Revolutionary blind ‘voice’. Voice, in both a literal and figurative sense, was central to the way in which members of the Hospice des Quinze-Vingts, an institution for the blind and partially sighted, interacted with those in the community. Musical voices had been used by members to collect alms and to project the particular spiritual principle of their institution since its foundation in the thirteenth century. At the time of the Revolution, the Quinze-Vingts voice was understood by some political authorities as an exemplary call of humanity. Yet many others perceived it as deeply threatening. After 1800, productive dialogue between those in political control and Quinze-Vingts blind members broke down. Authorities attempted to silence the voice of members through the control of blind musicians and institutional management. The Quinze-Vingts blind continued to reassert their voices until around 1850, providing a powerful form of resistance to political control. The blind ‘voice’ ultimately recognised the right of the citizen–patient to dialogue with their political carers.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DC France
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History > Centre for the History of Medicine
Faculty of Arts > History
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Hospice des Quinze-Vingts, Paris (France) -- History -- 19th century, Haüy, Valentin, 1745-1822, Blindness -- France -- History -- 19th century, Blind -- Institutional care -- France -- Paris -- History|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Medical History|
|Publisher:||Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL|
|Page Range:||pp. 479-502|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Wellcome Trust (London, England)|
|Grant number:||075002 (WT)|
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