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  1. Istoria ragionata de’ mali osservati in Napoli nell’intero corso dell’anno 1764;
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    Istoria ragionata de’ mali osservati in Napoli nell’intero corso dell’anno 1764; 1765 & 1770

    £4,000

    First editions of both works. In the first work, dedicated to the Neapolitan regent Bernardo Tanucci, the Italian physician Michele Sarcone (1731–1797) describes the devastating gastrointestinal fever that struck Naples in 1764, the grim climax to several years of famine. Sarcone was a firm believer …Read more

  2. The Self and Its Brain.

    The Self and Its Brain. 1977

    £75

    First edition, first impression. The Self and Its Brain was the result of a long collaboration between the distinguished historian of science, Karl Popper, and Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist John C. Eccles, who sought to develop a philosophy of the mind that would take into account …Read more

  3. The Field of Disease
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    The Field of Disease 1883

    £500

    First edition. Richardson was best-known for his research into anaesthetics and for his involvement in public health and the sanitary movement. He founded and edited the first journal dedicated to public health, the Journal of Public Health and Sanitary Review, in 1855, and wrote prolifically …Read more

  4. A Private Journal in Egypt from May 1894 to May 1895.

    A Private Journal in Egypt from May 1894 to May 1895. 1895

    £250

    First and only edition, “printed for private circulation only” (front board and title page), uncommon: OCLC traces ten copies world-wide, Copac adds copies at Glasgow University and the Royal College of Physicians. Attfield (1866-1908) went to Egypt as sanitary and quarantine medical at Suez, and …Read more

  5. Mescal.

    Mescal. 1928

    £750

    First edition, first impression. Highly significant presentation copy of the author’s breakthrough study of mescaline-induced hallucinations, handsomely inscribed “To Professor W. R. Miles, with compliments of the author Heinrich Klüver, Chicago, Nov. 1928” on the front free endpaper, with the book label of the recipient …Read more

  6. Handbook of the Medical Services of Foreign Armies. Parts I–VI.

    Handbook of the Medical Services of Foreign Armies. Parts I–VI. 1908-11

    £1,575

    First editions of these uncommon official publications. Print-runs were 2,000 for each part, but there are just a scatter of complete sets institutionally (10 recorded on OCLC). The individual volumes deal with France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium. They represent a revision …Read more

  7. The Practice of The Most Successful Physitian Paul Barbette, Doctour of Physick.

    The Practice of The Most Successful Physitian Paul Barbette, Doctour of Physick. 1675

    £1,750

    First edition in English, an English translation of Praxis Barbettiana, Dekkers’s Latin edition, which was first published in Leyden in 1669. Barbette (1620–1666?) was a celebrated Dutch physician. He was relatively unusual for his time in that he disapproved of bloodletting. The attractive frontispiece shows …Read more

  8. Un souvenir de Solferino.

    Un souvenir de Solferino. 1862

    £17,500

    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a blank before the half-title: “Monsieur Albert Dunant de la part de l’auteur”, apparently in a secretarial hand. An excellent familial association: Albert Dunant was a state councillor for the canton of Geneva; this copy also …Read more

  9. And the Band Played On.

    And the Band Played On. 1987

    £400

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, “To Dennis — warmly, Randy M. Shults. San Francisco.” A masterpiece of investigative reporting and an international bestseller, Shilts’s expose on the spread of HIV/AIDS revealed how the epidemic was allowed to spread unchecked …Read more

  10. Die Freigabe der Vernichtung lebensunwerten Lebens.

    Die Freigabe der Vernichtung lebensunwerten Lebens. 1920

    £450

    First edition, a superb copy of this rare and influential work, in which the psychiatrist Hoche (1865-1943) and the lawyer Binding (1841-1920) for the first time explicitly asserted that the killing of people with disabilities, including wounded veterans from the First World War (the care …Read more

  11. Come to the Cook-house Door!

    Come to the Cook-house Door! 1932

    £450

    First edition. Uncommon, particularly so in the jacket. Just four copies on COPAC, OCLC adds five. This copy inscribed on the second blank; “Good wishes from Juliet de Key Whitsed, May 1935”. Illuminating and entertaining diaries of “adventure and work” of a VAD in Salonika …Read more

  12. Medical Scene

    Medical Scene [c.1960s]

    £225

    The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley’s work …Read more

  13. On the Geographical Distribution of Some Tropical Diseases, and their Relation to Physical Phenomena.

    On the Geographical Distribution of Some Tropical Diseases, and their Relation to Physical Phenomena. 1889

    £650

    First edition, scarce. Robert William Felkin ()1853-1926) was a medical missionary, a prolific author on Uganda and Central Africa, an early anthropologist with an interest in ethnomedicine and tropical diseases, and a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. “An interesting example [of …Read more

  14. Traité de la gangrène.

    Traité de la gangrène. 1749

    £1,750

    First edition. An early work by the French Enlightenment economist François Quesnay (1694-1774), intellectual leader of the physiocrats, the first systematic school of political economy. He is best known for his important Tableau économique (1758). Quesnay originally trained as a physician and, at the time …Read more

  15. The Lepers of Our Indian Empire:

    The Lepers of Our Indian Empire: 1891

    £125

    First edition. Wellesley C. Bailey (1846-1937) was an Irish missionary who, in 1874, founded the Mission to Lepers, an international organisation to establish leper asylums around the world. Read more

  16. Georgia Warm Springs Foundation

    Georgia Warm Springs Foundation 1940 & 1941

    £15,000

    First editions, first printings of two separate titles, each present in two copies. The copy of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation (GWSF) annual report in blue boards has Roosevelt’s presentation inscription to the front blank: “To Basil O’Connor—the motor-power that turned the wheels from Franklin …Read more

  17. Traité Médico-Philosophique sur l’Aliénation Mentale, ou la Manie …

    Traité Médico-Philosophique sur l’Aliénation Mentale, ou la Manie … 1801

    £2,500

    First edition, first impression. “In October 1793, while serving as médecin des infirmeries at Bicêtre Hospital, Pinel had the chains struck off from forty-nine male psychiatric patients in order to substitute for this cruel oppression his “traitement morale,” a humane form of psychiatric therapy that …Read more

  18. An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, M,DCC,LXXXIX.

    An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, M,DCC,LXXXIX. 1789

    £750

    First edition. Uncommon. Reprints in full the original grants of William and Mary for the establishment of the Hospital, and offers a detailed description of the building works, and the finished structure, accompanied by a spectacular folding engraved plate of a river view taken from …Read more

  19. Alcohol: One Man’s Meat.

    Alcohol: One Man’s Meat. 1938

    £375

    First edition, first printing of this study on alcoholism. The authors consider potential psychological, physiological, and social factors, as well as discuss successful means of treating what they define as the “abnormal drinker”. Read more

  20. Observations chiefly on Pulmonary Disease in India and an Essay on the Use of the Stethoscope.

    Observations chiefly on Pulmonary Disease in India and an Essay on the Use of the Stethoscope. 1829

    £3,500

    First edition, uncommon early British Malay imprint – the Dutch ceded Malacca to Britain in 1824 – just five copies on COPAC – Cambridge, Edinburgh, Imperial, RCS, and Wellcome – and five on OCLC, BnF, three in Germany, one in Switzerland. The first …Read more

  21. Horse-Back Riding, From a Medical Point of View.

    Horse-Back Riding, From a Medical Point of View. 1878

    £125

    First edition, first printing, of this uncommon volume by a 19th-century physician on the physiological, therapeutic and even hygienic benefits of horse-riding. Read more

  22. A Full Inquiry into the Subject of Suicide.

    A Full Inquiry into the Subject of Suicide. 1790

    £4,750

    First edition, written to combat Hume’s Essay on Suicide (1783) and “one of the fullest surveys of philosophical and religious thought up to that time” (Encyclopedia of philosophy); “the most extensive treatise on the ‘natural, social, moral, and religious’ aspects of suicide the risk of …Read more

  23. The History of Cholera in India from 1862 to 1881

    The History of Cholera in India from 1862 to 1881 1885

    £850

    First edition thus, Bellew had previously published two portions of his work; that relating to the Punjab, where he had been sanitary commissioner, in Lahore,1881, and a study of Bengal, Calcutta, 1884. An important contribution to the literature of the disease. Bellew had an extremely …Read more

  24. Some Observations on the Contamination of Water by the Poison of Lead:

    Some Observations on the Contamination of Water by the Poison of Lead: 1852

    £100

    Second edition, originally published in 1850. This volume discusses the effects of lead poisoning from contaminated water, which the author admits he at first believed was a limited problem, but during his researches came to realise was actually widespread and under-diagnosed. Harrison was a physician …Read more

  25. An Essay on the Epidemic Cholera of India.

    An Essay on the Epidemic Cholera of India. 1831

    £300

    First published 1820; “This work was published eleven years ago, in a very unprepossessing form, at Madras; where not a sheet of printing paper was to be procured, and at a press which had scarcely ever been occupied but on the Chinese straw-paper sheets of …Read more

  26. My Life.

    My Life. 1939

    £175

    First edition, first printing of Ellis’s autobiography, the central subject of which is Ellis’s marriage and open relationship with the lesbian and women’s rights activist Edith Lees. Read more

  27. The Consumption of Opium in India:

    The Consumption of Opium in India: 1895

    £650

    Offprint, first thus. Uncommon, OCLC lists just 8 copies world-wide, including 2 in BL. Trained in Ireland, Wallace (1856-1903) was editor of the Indian Medical Record, and at the time of the Commission had been practising medicine in India since 1872, most of that time …Read more

  28. The Anatomy of an Horse.

    The Anatomy of an Horse. 1683

    £4,500

    First edition of “the first book in English on equine anatomy” (Garrison–Morton), a handsome folio printed in large paper format. The author (fl. 1660–1683) was serjeant farrier to King Charles II, to whom the book is dedicated. The illustrations appeared first, for the most part, …Read more

  29. De re metallica, libri XII:

    De re metallica, libri XII: 1556

    £45,000

    First edition. “The first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times” (PMM). The book is extensively illustrated with a fine series of almost 300 woodcuts, some signed with the monogram “RMD”, generally attributed to Hans Rudolf …Read more

  30. The Statistics of the Retreat;

    The Statistics of the Retreat; 1841

    £250

    First edition. John Thurnham (1810-1873), medical superintendent of the Friends’ Retreat in York, and later superintendent of the Wiltshire County Asylum, “played an important part in the development of psychiatry by introducing the ‘numerical’ or ‘statistical’ method to its problems. ‘There are various questions’, he …Read more

  31. Report on Manoeuvres held in the Aldershot Command

    Report on Manoeuvres held in the Aldershot Command 1913]

    £295

    First edition of this extremely uncommon report, print-run of 400, but no copies found on COPAC or OCLC. It seems that apart from providing exercise for the medical units involved, the manoeuvres were intended to test “the capabilities of the divisional train and supply column …Read more

  32. Report on Manoeuvres for the Training of Royal Army Medical Corps Units

    Report on Manoeuvres for the Training of Royal Army Medical Corps Units 1911]

    £275

    First edition. Extremely uncommon report, print-run of 400 copies, but no copies located. This copy with the ink-stains and accession docketing of the Royal Army Medical College Library. Read more

  33. Types of Insanity:

    Types of Insanity: 1883

    £1,350

    First edition, uncommon thus. Hamilton (1848-1919), described on the title page as “one of the consulting physicians to the insane asylums of New York City, and the Hudson River State Hospital for the Insane.” Hamilton was Alexander Hamilton’s grandson; the founder and first president of …Read more

  34. Idiocy: and its Treatment by the Physiological Method.

    Idiocy: and its Treatment by the Physiological Method. 1866

    £1,750

    First edition of the first book published in America dealing with the care and institutional management of those with learning disabilities. Under the influence of the teachings of Itard and Esquirol, both of whom he studied under, which stressed the humane treatment of the insane, …Read more

  35. “On Some Morbid Appearances of the Absorbent Glands and the Spleen.”

    “On Some Morbid Appearances of the Absorbent Glands and the Spleen.” 1832

    £4,750

    First printing of one of the most influential papers in the history of oncology, the paper that gained its author eponymous fame, in which he described seven cases with an unusual appearance of the lymph glands and spleen. Sir Samuel Wilks made similar observations more …Read more

  36. De l’éducation d’un homme sauvage,

    De l’éducation d’un homme sauvage, 1801

    £4,750

    First edition of Itard’s first account of his attempted education of Victor, the Wild Boy of Aveyron. Itard was a French physician noted for his work with deaf-mutes, but his attempts to educate Victor were a failure. Some have considered this to be the first …Read more

  37. Micrographia:

    Micrographia: 1665

    £65,000

    First edition, first issue, of this “early landmark in microscopy, containing the first illustration of cells [plate xi]” (Horblit). Published under the aegis of the Royal Society, Hooke’s observations were the first to be carried out with an improved compound microscope, and the first to …Read more

  38. Hard Cash.

    Hard Cash. 1853

    £750

    First edition of this highly successful and immensely scurrilous best-seller exposing the abuses of the “trade in lunacy”, the hero, Alfred Hardie, being improperly confined in a series of private mad-houses. In the fairly transparent guise of Dr. Wycherley, Reade savagely burlesques Dr. John Conolly, …Read more

  39. Questions of Power.

    Questions of Power. 2002

    £85

    First Edition. Scholarly analysis of the genre, such classics as Packard, Agnew, Marian, also more recent examples Kate Millett and Janet Frame. Read more

  40. Psychiatry for the Rich.

    Psychiatry for the Rich. 1992

    £95

    First Edition. Revealing account of the Trade in Lunacy in the C19th. Read more

  41. The Exploration of the Inner World.

    The Exploration of the Inner World. 1962

    £150

    First Edition thus. “A classic … After having been violently disturbed for short intervals, he recovered and later became the second man to be employed as a chaplain to a U.S. mental hospital. Ever since he has devoted his life to studying, as did Willima …Read more

  42. The Transfer of Care.

    The Transfer of Care. 1985

    £45

    First Edition. Author was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brown, and Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry, at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Read more

  43. From under the Cloud at Seven Gables, 1878-1885.

    From under the Cloud at Seven Gables, 1878-1885. 2002

    £75

    First Edition. Current diagnosis of Agnew and historical and therapeutic contextualization of her Under a Cloud by the Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine. Read more

  44. A Mind restored.

    A Mind restored. 1937

    £65

    First Edition. “The story of a successful businessman who became just psychotic enough so that he failed in his work, lost all his money, and largely for lack of money for board, had to live in a mental hospital.” [Alvarez] Original receipt for purchase …Read more

  45. The Manufacture of Madness.

    The Manufacture of Madness. 1970

    £50

    First Edition. “For Szasz… mental illness is not a disease, whose nature is being elucidated by science; it is rather a myth, fabricated by psychiatrists for reasons of professional advancement and endorsed by society because it sanctions easy solutions for problem people.” [Porter Madness p.2] Read more

  46. Mental Maladies.

    Mental Maladies. 1845

    £1,250

    First edition in English. “Hunt’s translation includes all but the section on ‘statistics and hygiene of establishments for the insane, together with the medico-legal relations of the subject’ (translator’s preface). The translation does not reproduce the plates from the French edition” (Norman). “The first modern …Read more

  47. Memoirs of my Nervous Illness.

    Memoirs of my Nervous Illness. 1955

    £175

    First Edition in English. “The classic story of a schizophrenic judge.” [Alvarez] For many years the President of the Supreme Court of Saxony, Schreber suffered several minor lapses of sanity before finally succumbing in 1894. At times he believed that he had been transformed …Read more

  48. Statistical Reports on the Sickness, Mortality, & Invaliding among Her Majesty’s Troops

    Statistical Reports on the Sickness, Mortality, & Invaliding among Her Majesty’s Troops 1841

    £1,000

    First edition. Tulloch’s work represents the first fruits of the statistical enquiries into mortality that he began while serving in Burma. His painstaking gathering and interpretation of such data was to lead to his selection with Sir John McNeill to inquire into the Commissariat in …Read more

  1. New Arrival
    Istoria ragionata de’ mali osservati in Napoli nell’intero corso dell’anno 1764;
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    SARCONE, Michele. SARCONE, Michele.

    Istoria ragionata de’ mali osservati in Napoli nell’intero corso dell’anno 1764;

    £4,000

  2. New Arrival
  3. A Private Journal in Egypt from May 1894 to May 1895.
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    ATTFIELD, Donald Harvey. ATTFIELD, Donald Harvey.

    A Private Journal in Egypt from May 1894 to May 1895.

    £250

  4. Handbook of the Medical Services of Foreign Armies. Parts I–VI.
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    MACPHERSON, William Grant. MACPHERSON, William Grant.

    Handbook of the Medical Services of Foreign Armies. Parts I–VI.

    £1,575

  5. The Practice of The Most Successful Physitian Paul Barbette, Doctour of Physick.
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    BARBETTE, Paul. BARBETTE, Paul.

    The Practice of The Most Successful Physitian Paul Barbette, Doctour of Physick.

    £1,750

  6. Un souvenir de Solferino.
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    DUNANT, Jean Henry. DUNANT, Jean Henry.

    Un souvenir de Solferino.

    £17,500

  7. And the Band Played On.
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    SHILTS, Randy. SHILTS, Randy.

    And the Band Played On.

    £400

  8. Die Freigabe der Vernichtung lebensunwerten Lebens.
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    BINDING, Karl, & Alfred Hoche. BINDING, Karl, &...

    Die Freigabe der Vernichtung lebensunwerten Lebens.

    £450

  9. Come to the Cook-house Door!
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    WHITSED, Juliet de Key. WHITSED, Juliet de...

    Come to the Cook-house Door!

    £450

  10. On the Geographical Distribution of Some Tropical Diseases, and their Relation to Physical Phenomena.
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    (TROPICAL DISEASES.) FELKIN, R. W. (TROPICAL DISEASES.) FELKIN,...

    On the Geographical Distribution of Some Tropical Diseases, and their Relation to Physical Phenomena.

    £650

  11. Traité de la gangrène.
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    QUESNAY, François. QUESNAY, François.

    Traité de la gangrène.

    £1,750

  12. The Lepers of Our Indian Empire:
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    BAILEY, Wellesley C. BAILEY, Wellesley C.

    The Lepers of Our Indian Empire:

    £125

  13. Georgia Warm Springs Foundation
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    (ROOSEVELT, Franklin D.) (ROOSEVELT, Franklin D.)

    Georgia Warm Springs Foundation

    £15,000

  14. Traité Médico-Philosophique sur l’Aliénation Mentale, ou la Manie …
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    PINEL, Philippe. PINEL, Philippe.

    Traité Médico-Philosophique sur l’Aliénation Mentale, ou la Manie …

    £2,500

  15. An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, M,DCC,LXXXIX.
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    COOK, John, & John Maule. COOK, John, &...

    An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, M,DCC,LXXXIX.

    £750

  16. Observations chiefly on Pulmonary Disease in India and an Essay on the Use of the Stethoscope.
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    CONWELL, William Eugène Edward. CONWELL, William Eugène...

    Observations chiefly on Pulmonary Disease in India and an Essay on the Use of the Stethoscope.

    £3,500

  17. Horse-Back Riding, From a Medical Point of View.
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    DURANT, Ghislani. DURANT, Ghislani.

    Horse-Back Riding, From a Medical Point of View.

    £125

  18. A Full Inquiry into the Subject of Suicide.
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    MOORE, Charles. MOORE, Charles.

    A Full Inquiry into the Subject of Suicide.

    £4,750

  19. The History of Cholera in India from 1862 to 1881
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    BELLEW, Henry Walter. BELLEW, Henry Walter.

    The History of Cholera in India from 1862 to 1881

    £850

  20. Some Observations on the Contamination of Water by the Poison of Lead:
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    HARRISON, James Bower. HARRISON, James Bower.

    Some Observations on the Contamination of Water by the Poison of Lead:

    £100

  21. An Essay on the Epidemic Cholera of India.
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    ORTON, Reginald. ORTON, Reginald.

    An Essay on the Epidemic Cholera of India.

    £300

  22. The Consumption of Opium in India:
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    WALLACE, James Robert. WALLACE, James Robert.

    The Consumption of Opium in India:

    £650

  23. The Anatomy of an Horse.
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    SNAPE, Andrew. SNAPE, Andrew.

    The Anatomy of an Horse.

    £4,500

  24. De re metallica, libri XII:
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    AGRICOLA, Georgius. AGRICOLA, Georgius.

    De re metallica, libri XII:

    £45,000

  25. The Statistics of the Retreat;
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    [THURNAM, John.] [THURNAM, John.]

    The Statistics of the Retreat;

    £250

  26. Report on Manoeuvres held in the Aldershot Command
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    [MILITARY] [MILITARY]

    Report on Manoeuvres held in the Aldershot Command

    £295

  27. Report on Manoeuvres for the Training of Royal Army Medical Corps Units
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    [MILITARY] [MILITARY]

    Report on Manoeuvres for the Training of Royal Army Medical Corps Units

    £275

  28. Idiocy: and its Treatment by the Physiological Method.
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    SEGUIN, Edward. SEGUIN, Edward.

    Idiocy: and its Treatment by the Physiological Method.

    £1,750

  29. “On Some Morbid Appearances of the Absorbent Glands and the Spleen.”
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    HODGKIN, Thomas. HODGKIN, Thomas.

    “On Some Morbid Appearances of the Absorbent Glands and the Spleen.”

    £4,750

  30. De l’éducation d’un homme sauvage,
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    ITARD, Jean Marc Gaspard. ITARD, Jean Marc...

    De l’éducation d’un homme sauvage,

    £4,750

  31. Micrographia:
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    HOOKE, Robert. HOOKE, Robert.

    Micrographia:

    £65,000

  32. Questions of Power.
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    HUBERT, Susan J. HUBERT, Susan J.

    Questions of Power.

    £85

  33. Psychiatry for the Rich.
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    MacKENZIE, Charlotte. MacKENZIE, Charlotte.

    Psychiatry for the Rich.

    £95

  34. The Exploration of the Inner World.
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    BOISEN, Anton. T. BOISEN, Anton. T.

    The Exploration of the Inner World.

    £150

  35. The Transfer of Care.
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    BROWN, Phil. BROWN, Phil.

    The Transfer of Care.

    £45

  36. From under the Cloud at Seven Gables, 1878-1885.
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    (AGNEW, Anna.) KING, Lucy Jane. (AGNEW, Anna.) KING,...

    From under the Cloud at Seven Gables, 1878-1885.

    £75

  37. The Manufacture of Madness.
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    SZASZ, Thomas S. SZASZ, Thomas S.

    The Manufacture of Madness.

    £50

  38. Memoirs of my Nervous Illness.
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    SCHREBER, Daniel Paul. SCHREBER, Daniel Paul.

    Memoirs of my Nervous Illness.

    £175

  39. Statistical Reports on the Sickness, Mortality, & Invaliding among Her Majesty’s Troops
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    TULLOCH, Alexander Murray. TULLOCH, Alexander Murray.

    Statistical Reports on the Sickness, Mortality, & Invaliding among Her Majesty’s Troops

    £1,000

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