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The Past in the Present: What is Civilisation, Sir Arthur Mitchell, First Edition, David Doughlas 1880, good copy

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The Past in the Present: What is Civilisation, Sir Arthur Mitchell, First Edition, David Doughlas 1880, good copy
Sir Arthur Mitchell K.C.B., M.D. (1826 – 12 October 1909) was a Scottish doctor involved in the study and care of patients with mental illness. He served on several public commissions, and also wrote a number of works on historical subjects. His Rhind Lectures to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland were published as The Past in the Present: What is Civilisation. His conclusion was that the difference in the essential characteristics of modern and early peoples are imperceptible, that civilisation was due to accumulated knowledge rather than an inherent superiority of its individual members. 

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