London.: John Churchill and Sons
Second Edition; Published Date: 1870
230 x 150 mm (9 x 6 inches) - xvi, 302, 23pp.
Maroon hardback cloth cover
G : in Good condition without dust jacket. Inner hinges cracked. Some marking and foxing within. Pages browned. Spine sunned. Previous owner's inscripion to half title page. Occasional marginal pencil annotations.
Acton was a native of Shillingstone and he enrolled as a resident apprentice at St Bartholomew's Hospital. In 1836, Acton, moved to Paris, where he met the well-known American-born doctor Philippe Ricord. He learned about the functions of the generative and urinary organs under Ricord's supervision, and he decided to concentrate on gynecology. Acton spent some time in Paris working at the women's venereal hospital. Acton later returned to England, as arecognized expert in the gynecological field. He was accepted into the Royal College of Surgeons. At about the same time, Acton began working on his first written work, a book named A Practical Treatise on Diseases of the Urinary and Generative Organs in Both Sexes, where he discussed the relationship between the human brain and children's sexuality. Acton was also well known for his views on moral issues. An outspoken writer, Acton published his next book, 'Prostitution, Considered in its Moral, Social, and Sanitary Aspect, in London and other large cities and Garrison Towns'. He concluded that "Vanity, giddiness, greediness, love of dress, distress, hunger, marke women prostitutes, but not general sensuality".
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