Phrenological controversy and the medical imagination : 'a modern Pythagorean' in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine

The periodical press in the early nineteenth century was a site of dynamic exchange between men of science and men of letters, and Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine was a particularly rich site of expression for medical ideas. This chapter explores the symbiotic relationship between the Blackwoodi...

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Main Author: Coyer, Megan J.
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Amsterdam Rodopi 2014, 2014
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Summary:The periodical press in the early nineteenth century was a site of dynamic exchange between men of science and men of letters, and Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine was a particularly rich site of expression for medical ideas. This chapter explores the symbiotic relationship between the Blackwoodian prose fiction and the scientific and medical investigations of of the Glaswegian surgeon and writer, Robert Macnish (1802-37), and in particular, his explorations of altered states of consciousness and phrenology. It is argued that his prose tales reveal the Blackwoodian 'tale of terror' to be an experimental template for the medical theorist and budding phrenologist, revealing problematic sites for medical hermeneutics in early nineteenth-century Scotland
Item Description:Title from PDF caption. - Chapter 8 of the book: Scottish medicine and literary culture, 1726-1832. Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2014
Physical Description:1 PDF file (pages 173-195)