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Charles Darwin’s Interest in “Neuropsychiatric Photography”

By posted at 12:00 pm on May 31, 2014 0

In the late 1860s, James Crichton-Browne, director of the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, gave Charles Darwin a collection of photographic portraits depicting the “afflicted and insane.” What followed was a six-year relationship in which both men corresponded about “the physical manifestations of natural selection.”





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