Étienne-Jean Georget

1795 (Vernon-sur-Brenne, France) – 1828 (Paris)

Georget was a pioneer in psychiatric medicine, with an enlightened view of patients as individuals. Interested in identifying typical physiognomies, he commissioned his friend Géricault to paint a series of portraits of patients: both men died before the project was completed. Georget was Esquirol’s dear student, as well as one of Pinel’s, and extended the work of both; both Georget and Esquirol studied monomania, and identified mental fixation as a primary symptom, leading Romanticist musicians like Berlioz and writers like Musset, Sand and Balzac to extend the idea to fictional and autobiographical psychopathology.

Étienne-Jean Georget knew…