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The Naturalist and the Neurologist: On Charles Darwin and James Crichton-Browne

- May 28, 2014 in charles darwin, emotions, evolution, james crichton-browne, mental illness, Photography, Science & Medicine, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, west riding lunatic asylum

Stassa Edwards explores Charles Darwin's photography collection, which included almost forty portraits of mental patients given to him by the neurologist James Crichton-Browne. The study of these photographs, and the related correspondence between the two men, would prove instrumental in the development of The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872), Darwin's study on the evolution of emotions.