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June 10, 1983

Hughlings Jackson on Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

Quincy, Mass


by Kenneth Dewhurst, 169 pp, £9, Oxford, England, Sandford Publications, 1982.

JAMA. 1983;249(22):3099-3100. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330460071043

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This is a delightful book that should probably appeal to almost all physicians, many people interested in psychiatry and psychology, and, very likely, many lay people who would be interested in the evolution of modern psychiatric or neurological philosophies. This is far more than a monograph simply praising Hughlings Jackson but is a scholarly assessment of Jackson's contributions to modern psychiatry, as well as neurology.

Having had the opportunity to review Epilepsy and Psychiatry by Reynolds and Trimble in The Journal last year, I enjoyed the comparison of the styles of the two contemporary giants, Jackson and Gowers.

In this delightful book, there are dozens of lively descriptions of the interchanges between Jackson and the other authorities in psychiatry and neurology of his era, including Laycock, Horsley, and brilliant followers such as Kinnier Wilson.

At the end of this book, one is impressed more than ever at both the remarkable