Described as a 'forgotten psychiatrist', Baron von Feuchtersleben was a precursor (and perhaps a teacher?) of the great Sigmund Freud, a fellow Austrian. He lived and worked in Vienna, and in his short life lectured to students at the Theresian Academy. This book provides the outlines of a course of these lectures, and was originally published in 1845. The translation into English appeared in 1847. The Baron states in his introduction that the aim of the book is "to form psychological physicians" - surely a clear indication of the realisation of the importance of the mind in the maintenance of general health. Here we find a first notable use of the term "psychopathy", used rather more broadly to mean "mental disorder" than it is today.
Baron Ernst von Feuchtersleben (1806–1849), was an Austrian physician, poet and philosopher. He published two volumes on medical topics (the 'Principles' being one), 2 well-known poems, one of which was set to music by Mendelssohn, and one volume of philosophy "Dietetics of the Soul" (Vienna, 1838), which was hugely popular and ran to 50 editions by 1906.
Our book is in good general condition, bound in dark green cloth with impressed design on front and back, with gilt emblem on the front and back, and title etc in gilt lettering on the spine (a little faded). The covers are generally lightly rubbed and a little stained here and there, and there is some frank (but minimal) damage to top & tail of the spine and corners (quite badly bumped). Rear spine angle torn (about 3 inches - see photo). Page tops gilt. Long page edges somewhat roughly cut. Inside, however, the binding is firm with no loose pages; all pages clean and bright; no foxing. Binder's label inside back cover. Cryptic note in pale brown ink on a perforated strip pasted inside front cover; large blue crayoned 'J' in top corner of same. A few pencilled notes on reverse of fep.