22 May 2013

A review of The West Riding Lunatic Asylum and the Making of the Modern Brain Sciences in the Nineteenth Century, by Michael Anthony Finn.

I recently read Michael Finn's excellent study of James Crighton-Browne's tenure at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, arguably the institutional origin of British neurology. Excerpt below but my actual review was published with Dissertation Reviews. You can visit the review here:
The West Riding Lunatic Asylum and the Making of the Modern Brain Sciences in the Nineteenth Century is a masterful, important contribution to the history of medicine. It is an engaging, beautifully written, and highly original dissertation.  No one who works on the history of modern psychiatry or neurology should miss it.

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