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The Physiology and Pathology of the Mind

The Physiology and Pathology of the Mind

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  • Yorkshireman Henry Maudsley (1835–1918) studied and built his medical career in London. From 1860 he specialised in psychiatry, working at hospitals and in private practice, and from 1863 to 1878 he was joint editor of the Journal of Mental Science. As a leading 'alienist', he treated high-profile patients and became sufficiently wealthy to contribute £30,000 in 1907 towards the foundation of a specialist psychiatric hospital. In his many publications, he developed ideas of heredity derived from Darwin and argued strongly for the physical basis of mental illness. This ambitious 1867 book was very well received; by 1883 two further expanded English editions had appeared, as well as German and French translations. In his preface, Maudsley emphasises the importance of considering 'the phenomena of the sound and unsound mind' in a single scientific discipline rather than studying them from only one of the perspectives of metaphysics, physiology or pathology.

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    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108080460
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Physiology of Mind:
    1. On the method of the study of mind
    2. The mind and the nervous system
    3. The spinal cord, or tertiary nervous centres
    4. Secondary nervous centres, or sensory ganglia
    5. Hemispherical ganglia
    6. The emotions
    7. Volition
    8. Motor nervous centres
    9. Memory and imagination
    Part II. The Pathology of Mind:
    1. Of the causes of insanity
    2. On the insanity of early life
    3. The varieties of insanity
    4. The pathology of insanity
    5. The diagnosis of insanity
    6. The prognosis of insanity
    7. The treatment of insanity.

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    Henry Maudsley

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