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Detailed report on Melanesia, published by the Royal Geographical Society.

William Halse Rivers Rivers, FRCP, FRS, (1864 - 1922) was an English anthropologist, neurologist, ethnologist and psychiatrist, best known for his work with shell-shocked soldiers during World War I. Rivers's most famous patient was the poet Siegfried Sassoon. He is also famous for his participation in the Torres Straits expedition of 1898, and his consequent seminal work on the subject of kinship.

During 1907-8 Rivers travelled to the Solomon Islands, and other areas of Melanesia and Polynesia. His two-volume History of Melanesian Society (1914), which he dedicated to St Johns, presented a detailed analysis of the development of culture in the south-west Pacific.