Tuesday, October 2, 2007

1937 AE'S LETTERS TO MINANLABAIN - Lucy Kingsley Porter - SIGNED - Dr. Adolf Meyer (Psychiatrist)

Available is a first edition, signed / inscribed copy of Lucy Kingsley Porter's "AE'S LETTERS TO MINANLABAIN". Inscribed by Porter to Dr. Adolf Meyer, a well known Swiss psychiatrist, who was one of the most influential figures in psychiatry in the frist half of the twentieth century.

Book Description:
New York: Macmillan, printed February, 1937. 1st Edition. Hardcover 8vo. Light blue covers with dark blue text on light blue (sunned) spine. Very good in chipped dust jacket. Dust jacket spine has chips with missing fragments. Dust jacket now in Brodart archival dust jacket cover. Bottoms and corners chipped. Text tight and clean. No writing or marks of any kind (beside signature). Corners rubbed. Yellowing to front and rear free endpapers. Signed / inscribed on front free end paper - signed "To Dr. Meyer - Who always understands - Lucy Kingsley Porter - March 7, 1937".

Background Information:
George William Russell who wrote under the pseudonym AE (Æ), was an Anglo-Irish supporter of the Nationalist movement in Ireland, a critic, poet, and painter. He was also a mystical writer, and centre of a group of followers of theosophy in Dublin, for many years.

Dr. Adolf Meyer was a Swiss psychiatrist who rose to prominence as the president of the American Psychiatric Association and was one of the most influential figures in psychiatry in the first half of the twentieth century. His focus on collecting detailed case histories on patients is the most prominent of his contributions; along with his insistence that patients could best be understood through consideration of their life situations.

Meyer was a strong believer in the importance of empiricism, and advocated repeatedly for a scientific approach to understanding mental illness. Meyer introduced the possibility of infections (then viewed as the cutting edge concept of scientific medicine) being a biological cause of behavioral abnormalities, in contrast to eugenic theories that emphasized heredity and to Freud's theories of childhood traumas.

Meyer was Professor of Psychiatry first at Cornell University from 1904 to 1909 and from 1910 to 1941 at Johns Hopkins University, where he was also Director of the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic from its inception in 1913.
This book comes from Dr. Meyer's personal collection - (which is now in my possession). I also have other medical / Psychiatry books signed by him (he never wrote books, but published numerous papers.) These other books will become available from time to time...interested parties may email me for a list.

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