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The Enigmatic Figure of Dr Henry Maudsley (1835--1918) (2014)


In spite of his contribution to psychiatry in 19th century Britain, Henry Maudsley remains a mysterious figure, a man mostly known for his donation to the London County Council for the building of the Maudsley Hospital and for The Maudsley Annual Lecture created in honour of his benevolence. Besides Sir Aubrey Lewis' article in 1951 and Michael Collie's attempt in 1988 to construct a biographical study on Maudsley, there does not seem to be any current endeavour to tell the story of his life, whereas Trevor Turner's contribution to the 2004 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography gives a somewhat scathing but unattributed account of Maudsley's personality. This essay attempts to explore his contributions to the Medico-Psychological Association (MPA), the current Royal College of Psychiatrists, his editorship of the Journal of Mental Health (currently named the British Journal of Psychiatry), his literary contributions and his vision for a psychiatric hospital. This essay is an attempt to demystify his figure and to explore some of the rumours and criticisms surrounding his name and the reasons why so little has been written about him. It is also a venture to unravel his complex personality and his intricate philosophy.

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Authors & Contributors
Eadie, Mervyn J.
Marston, Adrian
Hughes, J. T.
Engstrom, Eric J.
Silver, John Russell
Bovin, Gary
Journal of Medical Biography
History of Psychiatry
Health and History
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Social History of Medicine
Medizin, Gesellschaft, und Geschichte
University of Toledo
University of Illinois at Chicago
Pennsylvania State University Press
Hospitals and clinics
Physicians; doctors
Mental disorders and diseases
Psychiatric hospitals
Statham, Sherard Freeman
Horsley, Victor, Sir
Harrison, Edward
Broadbent, William Henry
Gehring, John G.
Freyer, Peter Johnstone
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
London (England)
Great Britain
United States
Cambridge (England)

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