The rise and fall of phrenology in Australia

Thearle M.J. (1993) The rise and fall of phrenology in Australia. Australasian Psychiatry, 27 3: 518-525. doi:10.3109/00048679309075812


Author Thearle M.J.
Title The rise and fall of phrenology in Australia
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
Publication date 1993-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/00048679309075812
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 518
End page 525
Total pages 8
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Subject 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
Abstract In the first half of the nineteenth century phrenology, which was claimed to be the first science of the mind, experienced enormous popularity in the western world. It gave rise to a widespread movement attracting the attention of the professional and lay members of society. In Australia, as elsewhere, it had influence in penology and criminology, psychiatry, notions of racial inferiority, education, anthropology and popular application. By the second half of the nineteenth century, following advances in the knowledge of neuro-anatomy, it became relegated to the status of a pseudo-science. As such, it remained popular with charlatans and the public well into the twentieth century.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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