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John Thurnam - bibliography

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British psychiatrist, archaeologist and ethnologist, born December 28, 1810, Lingcroft, near York; died September 24, 1873.


  • Remarks on the discovery of the otic ganglion. The Lancet, London, 1832.
  • Method of dissecting the otic ganglion. The London Medical Gazette, 1833.
  • On aneurisms of the heart: With cases. London, G. Woodfall, 1838. 81 pages.
  • On rupture of the heart: And on haemorrhage into the pericardium, without rupture of the heart or great vessels : with cases. 1838. 7 pages.
  • State of an institution, near York, called "the Retreat" for persons afflicted with disorders of the mind. York, 1840.
  • Statistics of the Retreat near York; consisting of a report and tables exhibiting the experience of that institution for the insane, from its establishment in 1796 to 1840. York, 1840.
  • On the Relative Liability of the Two Sexes to Insanity.
    Journal of the Statistical Society of London, December 1844, 7 (4): 310-316
  • Observations and Essays on the Statistics of Insanity : Including an Inquiry into the Causes Influencing the Results of Treatment in Establishments for the insane; to Which Are Added the Statistics of the Retreat, Near York.
    London, 1845. New edition in 1976 by Ayer Co. Pub.
    Thurnam wrote his book during a 10 year stint as superintendent of the Quaker York Retreat. Thurman naturally reviews results of therapy and relapses in his patients, but his greater focus is on factors of aetiology, the questions of sex, age, climate, race, and station in society.
  • Two cases in which the skin, hair and teeth were imperfectly developed.
    Medico-Chirurgical transactions, London, 1848, 31: 71-82.
  • Crania Britannica.
    By Davis Joseph Barnard (1801-1881) and John Thurnham.
    London, printed for the subscribers, 1856-1865.
  • On the two principal forms of ancient British and Gaulish skulls.
    Printed by T. Richards 1865. 109 pages.
  • On an Anglo-Saxon fibula in the museum of the society.
    Printed by J.B. Nichols and Sons, 1867.
  • On the weight of the brain, and on the circumstances affecting it.
    The Journal of Mental Science, London, volume 12, 1866.

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