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The Genius of Erasmus Darwin provides insight into the full extent of Erasmus Darwin's exceptional intellect. He is shown to be a major creative thinker and innovator, one of the minds behind the late eighteenth-century industrial revolution, and one of the first, if not the first, to perceive the living world (including humans) as part of a unified evolutionary scenario. The contributions here provide contextual understandings of Erasmus Darwin's thought, as well as studies of particular works and accounts of the later reception of his writings.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Setting the scene 5
3 Prologue : catching up with Erasmus Darwin in the new century 13
4 Physicians and physic in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Lichfield 35
5 Dr. Erasmus Darwin MD FRS (1731-1802) : England's greatest physician? 47
6 William Paley (1743-1805) and James Parkinson (1755-1824) : two peri-Erasmatic thinkers (and several others) 63
7 The vertiginous philosophers : Erasmus Darwin and William Charles Wells on vertigo 83
8 The Antipodes and Erasmus Darwin : the place of Erasmus Darwin in the heritage of Australian literature and biology 103
9 Erasmus Darwin on human reproductive generation : placing heredity within historical and Zoonomian contexts 113
10 All from fibres : Erasmus Darwin's evolutionary psychobiology 133
11 Two special doctors : Erasmus Darwin and Luigi Galvani 145
12 But what about the women? : the Lunar Society's attitude to women and science, and to the education of girls 163
13 The Derbyshire 'Darwinians' : the persistence of Erasmus Darwin's influence on a British provincial literary and scientific community, c. 1780-1850 179
14 Designing better steering for carriages (and cars); with a glance at other inventions 197
15 Mama and papa : the ancestors of modern-day speech science 217
16 Negative and positive images : Erasmus Darwin, Tom Wedgwood and the origins of photography 237
17 Erasmus Darwin's contributions to the geological sciences 259
18 The air man 273
19 Erasmus Darwin, work and health 289
20 The progress of society? : Darwin's early drafts for The temple of nature 307
21 The poet as pathologist : myth and medicine in Erasmus Darwin's epic poetry 321
22 'Another and the same' : nature and human beings in Erasmus Darwin's doctrines of love and imagination 337
23 Epilogue : 'one great slaughter-house the warring world' : living in revolutionary times 357
24 Coda : midlands memorabilia 365
App The creation of the Erasmus Darwin Foundation and Erasmus Darwin House 373
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