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ARNOLD, Thomas.
Observations on the Nature, Kinds, Causes, and Prevention, of Insanity. Vol.I Containing Observations on the Nature, and Various Kinds of Insanity; and the Appearances on Dissection. Vol.II Observations on the Causes and Prevention of Insanity.

pp. lxviii, 298. Portrait frontispiece engraved by Francis Legat, after G. Ralph; viii, 314. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spine edges worn with a little wear at the spine heads, scattered foxing, mostly in v.I, signature of ROBERT BROWN MRCS, old library stamps on the front and rear paste-downs, no other stamps elsewhere, else very good copies.

* HUNTER AND MACALPINE Three Hundred Years of Psychiatry - pp. 467-471, and numerous other references : 'Arnold was one of the most famous provincial psychiatrists of the eighteenth century who owned a large private madhouse.... [it] became truly a 'Hospital for Lunatics' until the Leicester Lunatic Asylum projected at his instigation in 1781 was opened in 1794 in the grounds of the Infirmary with him as its first physician. Arnold wrote an ..... ambitious and systematic treatise, really a textbook. It was the first two-volume work on psychiatry in this country, and modern also for the point Arnold made of giving accurate references for all his quotations having himself 'frequently experienced much inconvenience; often a great waste, and sometimes a total loss, of both time, and labour; by a loose, and negligent mode of reference from one author to another.' ..... Historically Arnold's importance was that he attempted a new classification of insanity by mental symptoms 'drawn with some care and exactness immediately from nature ' rather than by arbitrary or social assessment of degree of madness, prevailing affective state or presence of fever......... [his] attention to clinical detail and his thorough historical survey set an entirely new standard of scientific scholarship in psychiatric literature.' SEE also : GARRISON-MORTON #4920............ For ROBERT BROWN SEE PLARR'S Lives ................ BROWN, Sir Robert Charles (1836 - 1925) Knight Bachelor 1910; MRCS Nov 5th 1858; FRCS Dec 11th 1862; LSA 1858; MA Cantab (hon causa) 1912; MB Lond 1861; MRCP Lond 1865; FRCP 1908; AKC; Esquire of Order of St John of Jerusalem. Born on Oct 2nd, 1836, in the house in Preston (27 Winckley Square) where his father had practised and where he himself died. His father was Alderman Robert Brown (1801-1858), (qv), for thirty-five years a leading Preston practitioner. Robert Charles Brown was educated at Preston Grammar School till the age of 17, when he became a pupil of his father's colleague, Thomas Dixon. In 1855 he entered King's College Medical School, and was afterwards House Surgeon at the General Lying-in Hospital, Lambeth. His father died on Feb 1st, 1858, shortly before the son had obtained his first qualifications. It was necessary for him to earn his own living at once, and he became House Surgeon to the old Preston Dispensary. He held this post till 1863, but from time to time was enabled to put in periods of study in London, Edinburgh, and Dublin. In 1863 he began private practice, and was appointed Hon Medical Officer to the Dispensary, having been previously Senior Medical Officer. On the opening of the Preston and County of Lancashire Royal Infirmary in 1870 he was transferred to its staff as House Surgeon, afterwards becoming Physician and Consulting Physician. He was thus identified with its fortunes, having at the time of his death been for a long time the sole survivor of his original colleagues there. During a lifetime of practice in Preston he held a number of other appointments, and was Certifying Factory Surgeon, Medical Officer to the Lancs. County Constabulary, local Medical Officer for fifty years to the LNWR and Lancs and Yorks Railway Companies. He was also Consulting Medical Officer to the Orphanage and Deaf and Dumb School, and in the sixties was Assistant Surgeon to the 3rd Royal Lancashire Militia.

For Richard Phillips. London.

Date Published: 1806. Second edition, Corrected and Improved. 2 volumes. 8vo.

Stock No. 61763

Price: 2,000.00