The Politics of Evolution: Morphology, Medicine, and Reform in Radical London / Edition 1

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Theories of evolution had been put forward for several decades before Darwin published his 'Origin Of Species' in 1859, but in the turbulent 1830s they were abominated by the respectable scientists at Oxford and Cambridge.
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Desmond honorary research fellow, U. College, London surveys the social tracts generally ignored by Darwin scholars studying the Oxbridge tradition. He analyzes the radical social factions and identifies the early audiences for the emerging dissident sciences. He finds that the social implications of evolutionary science made it unacceptable to the establishment, but attractive to the secular anatomy schools and radical noncomformist colleges. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Adrian Desmond is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Biology at University College, London, and is the coauthor (with James Moore) of Darwin.

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Table of Contents

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1. Evolution and Society: Setting the Scene
2. Importing the New Morphology
3. Reforming the Management of Medicine and Science: The Radical Perspective
4. Nonconformist Anatomy in the Private Schools
5. Accommodation and Domestication: Dealing with Geoffroy's Anatomy
6. Science under Siege: Forging an Idealist Comparative Anatomy at the College of Surgeons
7. Engaging the Lamarckians
8. Embryology, Archetypes, and Idealism: New Directions in Comparative Anatomy
9. Grasping the Nettle: Some Concluding Remarks
Afterword: Putting Darwin in the Picture
Appendix A: Comparative Anatomy Teachers in London in the 1830s
Appendix B: Biographical List of British Medical Men

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