Friday, May 29, 2009
Franz Joseph Gall (1758-1828), a neuroanatomist and physiologist, was a pioneer in the study of the localization of mental functions in the brain.
Gall developed “cranioscopy,” a method to divine the personality and the development of mental and moral faculties on the basis of the external shape of the skull.
In 1810 the first volume of Anatomie et Physiologie du Systeme Nerveux appeared.
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Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801), German Pastor, teacher and poet, classified facial features, mental abilities and predispositions. His Essays in Physiognomy became a major resource for better than a century, and he became known as the discoverer of a new science.
His books were translated into several languages, and published in a total of 151 editions, the last as recently as 1940. He rejected astrology, divination, animal likenesses and undertook the simple, painstaking process of observation, description, and classification.
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Sunday, May 24, 2009
Petrus Camper (1722-1789) Dutch anatomist, researched the functions of the brain as they relate to behavior, and published his findings in his work, Comparative Anatomy, which served the medical/surgical community into the 20th century.
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Saturday, May 23, 2009
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