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Heirs of Hippocrates

Heirs of Hippocrates

Complete Record - Heirs of Hippocrates No. 1574

FRANÇOIS LEURET (1797-1851). Du traitement moral de la folie. Paris: Chez J.-B. Baillière, 1840. x, 462 pp. 20.8 cm. Quarter morocco with marbled boards. 

Leuret's contributions consisted not only of his influence for more rational and humane methods of treating the insane, but also were a plea to recognize the criminally insane as sick persons who were unable to control their behavior. He believed that they should not be treated as criminals but as sick individuals in a hospital setting. He particularly pointed out that many pathological conditions of the brain were not basic causes of the psychoses. Leuret has included here some very interesting case histories, many of which might have had successful outcomes with the use of modern psychotropic drugs. The book also contains an interesting account of a meeting between Gall (see No. 1158) and Esquirol (see No. 1268) and recounts an unsuccessful attempt by Gall to diagnose a mental condition by using phrenological principles.

See Related Record(s): 1158