Mental Maladies. A Treatise on Insanity. Translated from the French, with additions. by E. K. Hunt.

Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1845.

The Haskell F. Norman copy, presentation copy inscribed by the translator, of the first the first modern textbook of psychiatry. Norman 727.

“Esquirol’s book, compiled from papers and articles published over the past two decades, summarized the experience gained over a lifetime of observation and treatment of mental illness, in which he closely followed the humanitarian principles of his teacher, Philippe Pinel. Esquirol was one of the first to apply statistical methods to clinical studies of insanity. He recognized the uselessness of the traditional terminology for mental illnesses, and created new descriptions and classifications based upon his own observations. He was the first to distinguish between hallucinations and illusions, and between dementia and idiocy.; he also provised the classic description of paresis, coined the term ‘monomania’ (a concept foreshadowing the modern view of schizophrenia) and distinguished certain depressive states (‘lypemanias’) from other psychoses. Along with Pinel, Esquirol is regarded as the founder of the French school of psychiatry; his Maladies mentales [1838] was a basic psychiatric text for over half a century.” (Norman).

8vo (236 x 150mm), fine later gilt-ruled sheep, black spine label, pp. [i-v] vi-xviii [19] 20-496 [28:adverts paginated 3-32], inscription by Hunt to front fly leaf: 'Doct. H. A. Grant / with the compliments of the / Translator.', book plate of Haskell F. Norman to the front pastedown, some light foxing throughout. Rare.

Item #3258

Price: $2,500.00