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CHEYNE, George

The English malady:or, a treatise of nervous diseases of all kinds, as spleen, vapours, lowness of spirits, hypochondriacal, and hysterical distempers, &c.   London: G. Strahan, 1733.

8vo. In three parts each [vi], xxxii, [ii], 370 p Three parts, separate titles for each part. 8vo. [vi], xxxii, [ii], 370 pp., plus 6 pages publisher's advertisements. Woodcut head- and tailpieces. Modern calf, new endpapers; some minor browning, still a handsome copy. $1,500.00

First edition of this celebrated book in which Cheyne discusses, among other subjects, the tendency towards suicide and the causes and cures of corpulence. His account of psychopathological disorders was probably the most read and widely influential English language psychiatric book published in the eighteenth century. In addition, Cheyne (1671-1743) treats the nature, cause, and cure of nervous distempers, detailing a variety of cases. G&M, 4840.


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