The sick man is no doubt incapable of working, but if he is placed in a hospital he becomes a double burden for society: the assistance he is given relates only to himself, and his family is, in turn, left exposed to poverty and disease. The hospital, which creates disease by means of the enclosed, pestilential domain that it constitutes, creates further disease in the social space in which it is placed. This separation, intended to protect, communicates disease and multiplies it to infinity.
The chain of one disease engendering another, and that of the perpetual impoverishment of poverty, is thus broken when one gives up trying to create for the sick a differentiated distinct space, which results, in an unambiguous but clumsy way, in both the protection and the preservation of disease." @1 week ago with 3 notes
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