Brain, Mind and Medicine:: Essays in Eighteenth-Century Neuroscience / Edition 1

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Ideas we associate with the 18th century are clearly seen in work published from the latter decades of the 17th century through the first decades of the 19th century. This is the "long 18th century", a period which exhibits multiple discourses in medicine, brain science and philosophy. The editors have deliberately adopted a "presentist" subtitle, "neuroscience", to emphasize that this collection of essays reflect a range of current thought about 18th century-studies of the nervous system in isolation and in context. There are six sections, each preceded by a short introduction.
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"An attempt at understanding questions of body and mind based on questions shaped by the philosophical premises of the time. … this volume provides a comprehensive set of works outlining major issues of the long 18th century and appears set to become an excellent reference book. … will have special appeal to anyone interested in the history of neuroscience, neurology, psychology, and medicine, as well as serving as a valuable resource for the contemporary neuroscientist and psychologist interested in the basis of current thinking." (Simon Boag, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 53 (26), 2008)

"Brain, Mind, and Medicine is well written, nicely illustrated and has its uses. It will appeal to physicians and historians of the neurosciences, and may have some use within undergraduate teaching." (Stephen Casper, History of Psychiatry, Vol. 20 (1), 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441943682
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 7.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.- Chronology.- Background: Introduction.- Brain and Mind in the ‘Long’ 18th Century.- Enlightening Neuroscience: Microscopes and Microscopy n the Eighteen Century.- Corpus Curricula: Medical Education and the Voluntary Hospital Movement.- Some Thoughts on the Medical Milieu in the Last Quarter of the Eighteenth Century as Reflected in the Life and Activities of James Parkinson (1755-1824).- The Nervous System: Introduction.- John Hunter’s Contributions to Neuroscience.- Cullen and Whytt on the Nervous System.- 1710: The Introduction of Experimental Nervous System Physiology and Anatomy by François Pourfour du Petit.- Irritable Glue: The Haller-Whytt Controversy on the Mechanism of Muscle Contraction.- The Taming of the Electric Ray: From a Wonderful and Dreadful ‘Art’ to ‘Animal Electricity’ and Electric Battery.- Luigi Galvani, Physician, Surgeon, Physicist: From Animal Electricity to Electrophysiology.- Brain and Behavior: Introduction.- The Vision of William Porterfield – David Hartley’s Neural Vibrations and Psychological Associations.- Charles Bonnet’s Neurophilosophy.- Swedenborg and Localization Theory.- Medical Theories and Applications: Introduction.- Neuroscience in the Work of Boerhaave and Haller.- Apoplexy-Changing Concepts in the Eighteenth Century.- Benjamin Franklin and the Electrical Cure for Disorders of the Nervous System.- Gentleman’s Magazine, the Advent of Medical Electricity, and Disorders of the Nervous System.- Therapeutic Attractions: Early Applications of Electricity to the Art of Healing.- John Wesley on the Estimation and Cure of Nervous Disorders.- Franz Anton Mesmer and the Rise and Fall of Animal Magnetism: Dramatic Cures, Controversy, and Ultimately a Triumph for the Scientific Method.- Hysteria in the Eighteenth Century.- Cultural Consequences: Introduction.- Technological Metaphors and the Anatomy of Representations in Eighteenth Century French Materialism andDualist Mechanism.- Explorations of the Brain, Mind and Medicine in the Writings of Jonathan Swift.- Temperament and the Long Shadow of Nerves in the Eigthteenth Century.- Index.

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