Phrenology in Europe and America, 1790-1890
by Macmillan (9780415236232)

Phrenology in Europe and America, 1790-1890
Release Date: 01 March 2001
Format: Hardback
Pages: 3500
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISBN: 9780415236232
ISBN-10: 0415236231

The popular nineteenth-century science of phrenology has attracted a great deal of recent scholarly interest. What was once seen as a rather curious and eccentric practice, is becoming recognised as one of the most significant social and intellectual manifestations of the nineteenth century. Extending an influence to virtually every aspect of life, thought and belief, it is regarded as having contributed instrumentally to developments in anthropology, criminology, medicine, psychiatry, and education. Many eminent figures of the period are also now appreciated as having seriously occupied themselves with phrenology, from sociologists Comte and Spencer to novelists such as Eliot and Balzac. This unique set draws together a wealth of material crucial to the intellectual debate over phrenology, both as a branch of mental physiology and as a contribution to the history of philosophy. The articles selected represent the variety of different views throughout the nineteenth century, both pro and anti-phrenology.

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