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Title: Commentaries on the causes, forms, symptoms, and treatment, moral and medical of insanity.
Description: London, Underwood, 1828. 8vo. W. 1 fold. table [between p. 512-513]. Contemp. hlf. grey-green lozenge patterned half cl., over black paper brds., spine gilt. [A7, B-Z8, Aa-Yy8, Zz6]. (XIV (of XVI., hlf. title not present), 716 pp.). (Upper inner hinge strenghthened w. Japan paper). (Bookplate on upper paste down: 'Private Library of Dr. S.E.Lawton'). First English edition. Very good copy. Hunter & MacAlpine, pp. 777-783, 'Although not a 'System of insanity - a task which no one seems to have accomplished' contemporary reviewers rated it 'the most elaborate and complete the English language', it was reprinted in America and translated into German and a second edition was prepared but never finished. The book brought fame and the 'frequent introduction of foreign physicians ...who were commisioned by their respective governments to inspect the hospitals for the insane in Engeland' : Wellcome II, p. 277: Norman Coll., comp. item 379 [discussing Burrows' 'Inquiry' (1820) and the 'Cult of curability' to which Burrows added because of his claims that 80 - 90 % of his mental patients in his private asylum were cured. 'The cult of curabilty was an extreme reaction to the earlier belief that insanity was beyond help. .. it inspired a marked oncrease in the construction of state mental hospitals.':

Keywords: medicine psychiatry diseases disorders illness hospital

Price: EUR 750.00 = appr. US$ 815.14 Seller: Antiquariaat B.M.Israel B.V.
- Book number: 2089