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MORISON (Alexander). Outlines of Lectures on Mental Diseases.1826

London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, Second edition, 8vo (225 x 140 mm), viii, 150pp., with half-title, engraved frontispiece and 12 engraved plates, each showing the face of a patient accompanied by an explanatory leaf discussing their illness, title page and each plate has a neat faint library stamp, frontis., and title a little browned, orig. boards, spine worn and chipped, uncut. The first illustrated textbook of psychiatry, illustrated with 13 full engraved plates which are detailed and remarkable, they depict Mania, Dementia, Monomania, Depression, Idiotism, and Imbecility. Each is a portrait of a specific patient, and for each the details of their condition is sketched out on the text page opposite. The engravings, by W. H. Lizars are striking, as befits the subject matter. The author, Alexander Morison, was a Scottish psychiatrist who explored the theory that facial expressions revealed details of mental disease, known as 'physiognomy.' The illustrator, William Home Lizars, also Scottish, is best known for his natural history plates. He engraved his own Natural History of Britain, as well as several of the plates for Audubon's Birds of America, among other projects. A scarce and fascinating book. Formerly in the library of the Birmingham Medical Institute. Hunter & Macalpine, pp. 769; Wellcome Catalogue IV, p. 181.

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