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ASCHAFFENBURG, Gustav.(editor) Handbuch der Psychiatrie. Allgemeiner Teil, Abt. I-V (WITH): Spezieller Teil. Abt. I-VII. (all published).
Leipzig and Wein: Franz Deuticke, 1911-1929. First editions. In twenty-two volumes. (The first part ‘Allgemeiner Teil” I-IV in eight volumes; “Spezieller Teil” in fourteen volumes.) From the library of Dr. C.B. Farrar with his bookplate in each volume. There is a 1 page TLs from Aschaffenburg to Farrar laid in. The letter dated “September 16, 42” consists of two paragraphs in which he thanks Farrar “for your kind letters.” He apologizes for his poor English explains how this has affected his work. He expresses his “hope that I will be able to afford and to arrange to assist the meeting in Detroit, perhaps even deliver a lecture too.....” Signed “Yours sincerely” with a signature in full. (WITH): TLs from Kurt Schneider to Farrar dated "14.1.55" in German, in which he thanks Farrar for sending two offprints." Tall 8vo., original green cloth lettered in black, volumes paginated individually. Fine.

Gustave Aschaffenburg (1866-1944) German psychiatrist was a pioneer in the field of criminology and the founder of forensic psychiatry. He studied with Kraepelin and Alzheimer at the University of Heidelberg, and after receiving his medical degree in 1890, he became the resident physician at Kraepelin's Heidelberg clinic. Aschaffenberg then accepted the directorship of the Institution for the Criminally Insane at Halle and was also professor of psychiatry at the University of Cologne. When the Nazis took power in the 1930s Aschaffenberg was dismissed because of his Jewish ancestry and in 1938 he emigrated to the United States, where he was a professor at both the Catholic University of America and Johns Hopkins. He published more than 250 works, ‘his great contemporary and lasting historical significance lies in the field of forensic psychiatry.' His 1903 publication ‘Das Verbrechen und seine Bekampfun' is a systematic study on the causes of crime in which he discusses ‘individual-heredity and social- environmental facts' and dismisses Lombroso's idea of the ‘born criminal.' Aschaffenberg's ‘Handbuch der Psychiatrie' is a ‘monumental work of the first magnitude, doing honor to its editor as well as the distinguished contributors.' (AJP v.101.3.p.427). The ‘Handbuch’ contents are as follows: 1,1: Jakob, Alfons: Normale und pathologische Anatomie und Histologie des Grosshirns. (Mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Histopathologie der Psychosen und extrapyramidalen Erkrankungen) (1927) 1, 2: Kafka, Viktor: Serologische Methoden, Ergebnisse und Probleme in der Psychiatrie (1924), 1, 3: Eugen Kahn, Erbbiologische Einleitung (1925). 2 (a): Rosenfeld, Max: Die Physiologie des Grosshirns (1913) 2 (b): Isserlin, Max: Psychologische Einleitung (1913). 3 (a): Voss, Georg: Die Ätiologie der Psychosen (1915). 3 (b): Aschaffenburg, Gustav: Allgemeine Symptomatologie der Psychosen (1915). 4 (a): Kirchhoff, Theodor: Geschichte der Psychiatrie (1912). 4 (b): Gross, Alfred: Allgemeine Therapie der Psychosen (1912) 5 (a): Bumke, Oswald: Gerichtliche Psychiatriem (1912). 5 (b): Schultze, Ernst: Das Irrenrecht (1912). Spezieller Teil, Abteilung: 1 (a): Aschaffenburg, Gustav: Die Einteilung der Psychosen (1915). 2 (b): Vogt, Heinrich: Epilepsie (1915). 2,1: Wagner-Jauregg, Julius v.: Myxoedem und Kretinismus (1912). 2,2: Weygandt, W., Idiotie und Imbecillität. Die Gruppe der Defektzustände des Kindesalters (1915). 3,1 (a): Bonhoeffer, K., Psychosen im Gefolge von akuten Infektionen, Allgemeinerkrankungen und inneren Erkrankungen (1912). 3,1 (b): Schroeder, P.: Intoxikationspsychosen (1912). 3,2,1: Redlich, E.: Die Psychosen bei Gehirnerkrankungen (1912). 3,2,2, 1.: Poetzl, Otto: Die Aphasielehre vom Standpunkte der Klinischen Psychiatrie. Erster Band: Die optisch-agnostischen Störungen (Die verschiedenen Formen der Seelenblindheit) (1928). 4,1: Bleuler, Eugen: Dementia praecox oder die Gruppe der Schizophrenien (1911). 4,2: Lange, Johannes: Die Paranoiafrage (1927).* 5 (a): Hoche, Alfred: Dementia paralytica (1912). 5 (b): Spielmeyer, Walther: Die Psychosen des Rückbildungsalters (1912). 6: Stransky, Erwin: Manisch-depressives Irresein (1911). 7,1: Schneider, Kurt: Die psychopathischen Persönlichkeiten (1923). 7,2,1: Schneider, Kurt: Die abnormen seelischen Reaktionen (1927). 7,2,2: Blum, Kurt: Hysterie (1927). 7,3: Kronfeld, Arthur: Sexualpsychopathologie (1923).




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