Medicine and Modernism: A Biography of Henry Head

Medicine and Modernism: A Biography of Henry Head

by L. S. Jacyna

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Medicine and Modernism: A Biography of Henry Head by L. S. Jacyna

This is the first in-depth study of the English neurologist and polymath Sir Henry Head (1861-1940). Head bridged the gap between science and the arts. He was a published poet who had close links with such figures as Thomas Hardy and Siegfried Sassoon. His research into the nervous system and the relationship between language and the brain broke new ground. L. S. Jacyna argues that these advances must be contextualized within wider Modernist debates about perception and language.

In his time, Head was best known for his research into the human nervous system. He did a series of experiments in collaboration with W. H. R. Rivers in which cutaneous nerves were surgically severed in Head's arm and the stages by which sensation returned were chartered over several years. Head’s friend, the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, drew out the epistemological implications of how, in this new conception, the nervous system furthered the knowledge of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822981763
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 07/15/2008
Series: Sci & Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

L. S. Jacyna is Emeritus Reader at University College London.

Table of Contents

Cover Half Title����������������� Title Page����������������� Copyright Page��������������������� Table of Contents������������������������ Acknowledgements����������������������� List of Figures and Tables��������������������������������� Introduction������������������� 1. The Making of a Neurologist 2. The Poles of Practice 3. ‘The Great Hard Road of Natural Science’ 4. Ruth and Henry 5. The Cultivation of Feeling 6. The Two Solitaries Notes������������ Works Cited������������������ Index������������

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