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ESQUIROL, Jean-Étienne Dominique.

Mental Maladies.

A Treatise on Insanity. Translated from the French, with Additions, by E. K. Hunt, M.D.

Philadelphia : 1845 Stock Code: 39419
£1,250.00
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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 textbook of psychiatry. Esquirol's book, compiled from papers and articles published over the past two decades, summarized the experience gained over a lifetime of observation and treatment of mental illness, in which he closely followed the humanitarian principles of his teacher, Philippe Pinel. Esquirol was one of the first to apply statistical methods to clinical studies of insanity. He recognized the uselessness of the traditional terminology for mental illnesses, and created new descriptions and classifications based upon his own observations. He was the first to distinguish between hallucinations and illusions, and between dementia and idiocy; he also provided the classic description of paresis, coined the term "monomania" and distinguished certain depressive states ("lypemanias") from other psychoses. Along with Pinel, Esquirol is regarded as the founder of the French school of psychiatry; his Maladies mentales was a basic psychiatric text for over half a century." (Norman 724).

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Description

Octavo. Contemporary brown embossed cloth, skilfully rebacked to style.

Illustrations

Ownership inscription of Charles H. Fox, Brislington 1861 to front free endpaper (Brislington House, Bristol, the earliest purpose-built private asylum in England; Fox a descendant of Edward Long Fox, its Quaker founder); later inscription of R. H. Steen,

Condition

Marginal foxing and browning, cloth a little rubbed, else very good.

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