Abbé de Coulmier

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Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, McBrewster John
VDM Publishing, Jul 26, 2010 - Religion - 160 pages
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. François Simonet de Coulmier was a French Catholic priest and abbot, and the director of the Charenton insane asylum in France in the early 19th century. He was often criticized for his overly liberal methods of treatment, as he favored allowing patients the right to express themselves via art, and discouraged the more primitive habits of crude physical restraint and punishment of mental patients of the day. Coulmier was born at Dijon. His semi- enlightened administration of Charenton was of concern to France's medical establishment, which opposed Coulmier because he was not a medical doctor. He did not believe in many of the treatment practices which are nowadays termed brutal, including locking patients in a wicker cage, making use of straitjackets and using terror baths

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