"Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?"
- page 228, Discipline and Punish, M Foucault.
Foucault had elaborately written about every single object described above except hospital. He had, though, explained why hospital was attracted by "system-administration" and what was the way to treat patient before the idea of hospital formed, but it is hard to comprehend that hospitals are part of "power-physics" in the context of the book. Especially, if we consider, the pre-modern era when there was no cure for epidemics and isolation was required, thus it is hard to see this isolation as a way to control.
I want to know, is there any criticisms regarding this issue? Or is there any elaborate-explanation to justify his proposition about hospital mentioned above?
- We consider what Foucault said in 'Discipline and Punish' only, not what he said outside of 'Discipline and Punish' as I can't remember him referring to his other book (if he did, please, let me know) .