The Beginning of Modern Psychiatry
Traité Médico-Philosophique sur l'Aliénation mentale, ou la Manie.
Two engraved plates & one folding printed table. lvi, 318 pp. 8vo, fine cont. marbled sheep, spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Richard et al., An IX .
First edition and a lovely copy of an important book. This work, which “presented the textual foundation of psychiatry, stands as the first great publication of the nineteenth century in clinical medicine, and at the same time as one of the paradigmatic expressions of the medical and scientific revolution that was taking place in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.”–Grolier Club, One Hundred Books Famous in Medicine, 54.
An unusually fine copy. The folding table lists pertinent data about patients he had cured.
❧ En Français dans le Texte 203. Garrison-Morton 4922–“Pinel was among the first to treat the insane humanely; he dispensed with chains and placed his patients under the care of specially selected physicians. Garrison considered the above book one of the foremost medical classics.” Lefanu, Notable Medical Books from the Lilly Library, p. 155.
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