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James Cowles Prichard

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James Cowles Prichard was a British doctor and psychiatrist. He was the first person to use the phrase “senile dementia.”

Life[change | change source]

Prichard was born in 1786. His parents were Quakers. His father wanted him to work on iron but he decided to become a doctor instead. Prichard wrote a book called “Researches into the Physical History of Man”. In 1845, he was put in charge of several Insane asylums as a “Commissioner of lunacy.” Three years later, he died.

Psychiatry[change | change source]

Pritchard came up with the theory of Moral Insanity which said that there were some people who were sane but had no conscience. He called these people “morally insane”.