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The Presidential Address, delivered at the Sixty-first Annual Meeting of the Medico-Psychological Association, held at Liverpool on July 24th, 1902

  • J. Wiglesworth
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The honourable position which your courtesy rather than any merit on my part has placed me in, carries with it the privilege of addressing you, and in offering you a few remarks on some of the problems of heredity, more especially with reference to their bearing upon insanity and allied conditions, I am fully conscious how inadequate my knowledge is to treat with satisfaction so important a theme. I venture to hope, however, that a few facts and theories bearing on this subject may not be devoid of interest, and may possibly serve as a stimulus to additional inquiries in this direction.

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(1) Weismann, A., “Essays upon Heredity and Kindred Biological Problems,” edited by Poulton, Schönland,and Shipley, 2nd edit., 1891–2. “The Germ Plasm: a Theory of Heredity,” ‘The Contemporary Science Series,’ 1893.

(2) Farquharson, W. F., “Heredity in relation to Mental Disease,” Journ, Ment. Sci., July, 1898.

(3) Stewart, H.G., “On Hereditary Insanity,” Journ. Meni. Sci., April, 1864.

(4) Thurnam, ‘Statistics of the Retreat’ (quoted by Stewart).

(5) Baillarger, “Recherch. statis. sur l'Héredité de la Folie,” Annal. Méd Psych., 1844.

(6) Turner, J., “Statistics dealing with Hereditary Insanity, based on upwards of a Thousand Cases occurring in the Essex County Asylum,” Journ. Ment. Sci., July, 1896.

(7) Brigham, quoted by Bucknill and Tuke in ‘Manual of Psychological Medicine.’

(8) Revington, G. T., “The Neuropathic Diathesis, or the Diathesis of the Degenerate,” Journ. Ment. Sci., Jan. to July, 1888.

(9) Ridge, ‘Alcohol and Public Health.’

(10) Mott, “Notes of Twenty-two Cases of Juvenile General Paralysis,” ‘Archives of Neurology from the Pathological Laboratory of the London County Asylum at Claybury.’

(11) Smith, Percy, “Cases of Adult General Paralysis with Congenital Syphilis,” British Medical journal, Feb. 10th, 1901.

(12) Gallon, Francis, ‘Natural Inheritance.’

(13) Ewart, Cossar, Presidential Address before the Zoological Section of the British Association, 1901.

(14) Gallon, Francis, “The Possible Improvement of Ihe Human Breed under ihe Exisling Condilions of Law and Sentiment,” Nature, October 31st, 1901.

(15) Ellis, Havelock, “A Study of British Men of Genius,” The Popular Science Monthly, Feb. to Sept., 1901.

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The Presidential Address, delivered at the Sixty-first Annual Meeting of the Medico-Psychological Association, held at Liverpool on July 24th, 1902

  • J. Wiglesworth
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