Psychiatric patient in a strait-jacket, hugging his knees. This artwork was published in an 1838 French work on mental illness (Des maladies mentales) by the French psychiatrist Jean-Etienne Dominique Esquirol (1772-1840). Esquirol established a private mental asylum in Paris, France, in around 1801. He also worked to establish mental health courses and pioneered psychiatry and reforms in mental health provision. By 1838, he had succeeded in establishing a national law regarding metal health provision in hospitals. This artwork is by the French engraver Ambroise Tardieu (1788-1841).
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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