Since the late 19th century, phrenology has been regarded at best as a pseudo-science popularised by quacks. During the 1970s, representatives of the new social history of science and medicine chose it as their favourite target for the in-depth construction of scientific orthodoxy. Since then, different approaches to phrenology have helped to change a 19th century view focused on the emergence of science as a profession and on the new technical nature of medicine. In this paper, I analyse the different contributions to the study of phrenology in Great Britain and France over the past three decades and point out some aspects that should receive more attention in future research.
|Journal||Dynamis (Granada, Spain)|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2006|