London: A. Bettesworth, W. Innys, and C. Rivington, 1729.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Near Fine. Item #003063
8vo (194 x 120 mm). xvi, 408 pp. Title printed in red and black, woodcut headpieces, woodcut tailpieces (two signed by Aris). Contemporary English panelled calf (extremities rubbed, corners slightly bumped), red-sprinkled edges. Text crisp and clean with only very minor marginal occasional spotting. Provenance: Richard Collier (contemporary ink ownership inscription 'Rd. Collier, Chyrurgus' and dated 1740, to pastedown. A very good copy. ----
Norman 1838; Hunter & Macalpine, pp. 343-47; Wellcome IV, p. 541; Heirs of Hippocrates 840.2. - FIRST EDITION. A rigorous distillation of all psychological disturbances as symptoms of physical changes to the nerves and brain. "Drawing from the major scientific advances of the seventeenth century, particularly Newtonian physics and Willis's neuroanatomical studies, Robinson devised a rigorously somaticist theory of mental illness, which reduced all psychological processes to mere symptoms of physical events in the nerves and brain. To Robinson, mental diseases were no imaginary whims and fancies, but real affections of the mind, arising from the real, mechanical affections of matter and motion, whenever the constitution of the brain warps from its natural standard" (Norman). "Robinson was one of the first to argue that nerve fibers could control behavior, and that their pathological laxity led to one of the primary causes of melancholy. While he was a bit far off on the last, he was on target in arguing that insanity was a genuine malady and should be recognized as such." (Heirs of Hippocrates). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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