UWINS, David

A Treatise on those Disorders of the Brain and Nervous System,

Published: London: Published by Renshaw and Rush

Date: 1833

first edition tall 8vo. iv, 235, [1 (blank)]pp., original olive cloth backed grey boards, printed paper title label on spine, nice copy in its original state.

Attractive, near contemporary, stamp of St Patrick's College, Thurles [Co. Tipperary, Ireland] on title page

Uwins (1780?–1837), English physician, after graduated in medicine at Edinburgh University returning his native to London before moving Aylesbury and later Finsbury. "In 1828 he was appointed physician to the lunatic asylum at Peckham, and, as the result of his observations there, published in 1833 [this] work .. [which] attained considerable circulation, and established his medical reputation" [D.N.B.] Uwins was one of the most original contemporary observers of mental illness and advocated a humane treatment of sufferers, an appreciation of sexual problems and counselled against the combating of symptoms with drugs. Vide: Hunter & MacAlpine Three Hundred Years of Psychiatry 1535-1860, p. 831-835.


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