Lectures on psychological medicine given at York Medical School

Scope and Content

York Medical School existed between the years 1834 and 1859.
From the academic year 1856-7 and up to the School’s closure, students were offered, in the summer session, a course of lectures on ‘Psychological Medicine’, by Daniel Hack Tuke.
D.H. Tuke, a son of Samuel Tuke, later had an illustrious career as a psychiatrist, and was the co-author of what became the standard textbook on psychiatry in the Victorian period. At this period he was at the beginning his career, and he was appointed assistant medical officer at The Retreat in 1854, leaving in 1861 (he had acted as Secretary and House Steward 1847-51). His position at The Retreat explains the presence of this volume in The Retreat archive.
Lectures on psychological medicine for medical students were rare at this date. This manuscript of part of his lecture course is also rare in being one of the few items surviving from the short-lived York Medical School.

Alternative Form Available

Much of the Retreat Archive has been digitised with funding from the Wellcome Collection. Copies of digitised records can be viewed online where available by following links provided within the catalogue.

Related Material

See RET 6/6/3/1 for a listing of Retreat patients, made by D.H. Tuke in 1847-52, and see RET 5/9/11 for some letters by him

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