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Henry Maudsley


Medical psychologist. MD, University College Hospital, London, 1857. Assistant medical officer, Wakefield Asylum, 1857–8; medical superintendent, Manchester Royal Lunatic Asylum, 1859–62. Physician, West London Hospital, from 1864; lecturer on insanity, St Mary’s Hospital, London, 1868–81; professor, medical jurisprudence, University College, London, 1869–79. Joint editor, Journal of Mental Science, 1863–78. Developed a lucrative private practice. Researched heredity and degeneration, and promoted belief in the physical causes of mental illness. Wrote extensively on medical jurisprudence. President, Medico-Psychological Association, 1870.




ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.