Henry Monro (1817–1891) was the fifth in succession of his family to become a doctor and fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London. Monro had a special interest in the treatment of insanity and worked for many years at St Luke’s Hospital. He inherited a private madhouse in Clapton, Brooke House, which was in a very dilapidated state, and caused Monro to campaign for the improvement of conditions for the insane. In 1864 he was elected president of the Medico-Psychological Association.
Monro suffered from a mild stammer throughout his life, and in 1850 he wrote a neurological study, 'On Stammering and its Treatment' (1850), which he published anonymously. Like his grandfather Thomas Monro, Henry was an amateur painter and donated to the RCP several portraits of his medical ancestors as well as this self-portrait.
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Royal College of Physicians, London
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