A System Of Phrenology. George Combe.

A System Of Phrenology

New York: William H. Colyer, 1847. Hardcover. Hardcover in dark brown blindstamped cloth with spine lettered in gilt. The second American printing (first was 1845) with preface to the second edition, advertisment to the fourth edition, and title page statement, "The Only Complete American Edition, being From The Fourth And Last (Revised and Enlarged) Edinburgh Ediiton". Frontis diagram of numbered head with the names of phrenological organs. 516 pp. with numerous illustrative figures in the text. Very good, some chipping along the upper outer hinges and a bit alongh the front gutter. Scattered foxing to the text. Highly detailed description of the system of phrenology, the study of bumps on the skull to predict mental attributes. It was developed by Franz Joseph Gall, a German doctor, nera the close of the 18th century and reached its height of popularity among the public and some parts of the medical community in the 1830s and 40s. Though the system itself has been long debunked as a pseudoscience, Gall's theory that thoughts, emotions, and other mental aspects are locted in various portions of the brain led to significant advancements in neuropsychology. Very Good. Item #E23710

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