London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1816.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003468
8vo (211 x 132 mm). iv, 272 pp. Modern half sheepskin over marbled papers, blue-sprinkled edges. Very light browning and accasional minor spotting and finger-soiling of text, first two leaves reinforced at gutter. Very good copy. ----
Hunter & MacAlpine, Three Hundred Years of Psychiatry 1535-1860, pp. 722-25; not in Wellcome and Waller. EXCEPTIONALLY RARE FIRST EDITION. John Reid (1776-1822) was an English physician. He studied medicine at Edinburgh University where he graduated in 1798 with his thesis De Insania, which also forms the core of the present work. Reid became a licentiate of the College of Physicians of London in 1804 and gave lectures on the theory and practice of medicine. He also was physician to the Finsbury Dispensary. His Essays on Insanity appeared in 1816 and a second edition followed in the same year already. Two further editions under the new title "Essays on hypochondriacal and other nervous affections" followed in 1821. Of some importance in his Essays is the identification of the harmful consequences of institutionalisation, which was only taken up again in the 20th century as "institutionalism." Reid already stated that the institutions are "nurseries for and manufactories of madness." "Reid distinguished the intrinsic manifestations of mental illness from the picture of chronic insanity under asylum condition" (Hunter-MacAlpine, p.723). - Visit our website to see more images!
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