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Bénédict Augustin Morel - bibliography

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Biography

French psychiatrist, born November 22, 1809, Vienna; died March 30, 1873, Saint-Yon.

Bibliography

  • Questions sur les diverses branches des sciences médicales.
    Doctoral thesis. Paris, 1839.
  • Études historiques; origines de l’école psychique allemande.
    With Ernest-Charles Lasègue (1816–1883).
    Annales medico-psychologiques, Paris, 1844-1845.
  • Traité des maladies mentales.
    2 volumes; Paris, 1852-1853; 2nd edition, 1860.
    In the 2nd edition he coined the term démence-precoce to refer to mental degeneration.
  • Pathologie mentale en Belgique, en Hollande et en Allemagne.
    Annales medico-psychologiques, Paris, 1845-1846.
  • Influence de la constitution géologique du sol sur la production du crétinisme.
    Paris, 1855.
  • Traité des dégéneréscences physiques, intellectuelles et morales de l’espèce humaine.
    1 volume and atlas. Paris, Baillière, 1857.
    The main support for the theory of mental illness as regression which dominated psychiatric practice for several decades. Morel described and illustrated the nature, causes, and signs of human degeneration. He focused on physical signs but also included various intellectual and moral deviations. This led to the classification of criminals and geniuses as types of degenerates or deviates along with the insane and neurotic. Morel emphasised the hereditary factor and his work helped bring about a de-emphasis of therapeutic work in the psychiatry of his time. The atlas reproduces by lithography some of the earliest photographs of the insane.
  • Mélanges d’anthropologie pathologique. Rouen, 1859.
  • Souvenirs scientifiques d’un voyage dans le midi de la France. Rouen, 1860.
  • Le no-restraint ou de l’abolition des moyens coercitifs dans le traitement de la folie. Paris, 1861.
  • Du goître et du crétinisme, étiologie, prophylaxie etc. Paris, 1864.
  • Traité de médecine légale des aliénes.
    Volume 1: Historique depuis les temps anciens jusq’u nos jours. Paris, 1860.
  • De la formation des types dans les variétés dégénérées.
    Volume 1; Rouen, 1864.

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