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On the Writing of the Insane (1870)



On the Writing of the Insane, with illustrations, by G. Mackenzie Bacon, M.D.; 1870; John Churchill and Sons, London.

A book of observations on the peculiarities of writing styles as shown by asylum patients. G. Mackenzie Bacon was a medical superintendant at Cambridgshire County Asylum (now Fulbourn Hospital) located near Cambridge, England. As well as the fascinating images, the book also gives a series of transcribed excerpts.

See also our images post “The Diagrammatic Writings of an Asylum Patient” which shows two of the most striking images from the book.


Housed at: Internet Archive | From: Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine via the Medical Heritage Library
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