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PINEL, Philippe.

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

Published: Paris: Chez Richard, Caille et Ravier, 1801

Stock code: 91493

Price: £2,500

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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 identified insanity with illness rather than moral perversity or demonic possession. This dramatic act, performed in the liberating spirit of the American and French Revolutions, found immediate and enduring favour in the popular imagination as a symbol of a new attitude toward the insane … Yet humanitarian treatment of the insane, although crucial to Pinel’s psychiatric work, was not that work’s sole focus, for Pinel also devoted himself to establishing psychiatry as a scientifically based branch of medicine” (Norman). A very pretty copy of “one of the foremost medical classics” (Garrison-Morton).

Octavo (198 120 mm) Contemporary streaked sheep, red morocco label, plain spine attractively gilt in compartments, single panel in blind to the boards, marbled endpapers. 2 engraved plates, folding letter-press table, half-title bound in. Very light shelfwear, tan-burn to the first few leaves, light browning else, a very good copy.

Bibliography: Garrison-Morton 4922; Heirs of Hippocrates 1070; Norman 1701.

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