Embodied Selves: An Anthology of Psychological Texts, 1830-1890

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ABBREVIATIONS
DCLDoctor of Civil Law
FRCSFellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
FRCPFellow of the Royal College of Physicians
FRSFellow of the Royal Society
LLDDoctor of Laws
LSALicentiate of the Society of Apothecaries
LRCSLicentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons
MAMaster of Arts
MBBachelor of Medicine
MDDoctor of Medicine
MRCSMember of the Royal College of Surgeons
Ph.DDoctor of Philosophy

John Abercrombie, 1780-1844

MD, FRCR. Abercrombie was a leading physician and medical teacher in early nineteenthcentury Scotland who studied in Edinburgh and Oxford. His Inquiries Concerning the Intellectual Powers and the Investigation of Truth ( 1830) went into four editions within four years, stayed in print through most of the nineteenth century, and was a crucial reference point for later writers. Abercrombie aimed to develop the philosophy of mind, following associationist principles, in the context of new methods of empirical observation and classification, while recognizing that these could never lead to absolutely provable results.


William Acton, 1813-1875

MRCS. The son of a clergyman, Acton was apprenticed to the Resident Apothecary at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, 1831-6. He studied in Paris, specializing in genito-urinary diseases, and then returned to England, becoming a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons and beginning to practice in London in 1840. His first book, A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of the Urinary and Generative Organs (in Both Sexes) ( 1841) was expanded and developed in The Functions and Disorders of the Reproductive Organs, in Childhood, Youth, Adult Age, and Advanced Life, Considered in their Physiological, Social and Moral Relations ( 1857), which was translated into French in 1863. Acton was also involved in the wider study and reform of sexual behaviour: his 'Observations on Illegitimacy in London Parishes' appeared in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society in 1857, and Prostitution, Considered in its Moral, Social and Sanitary Aspects ( 1862), contributed to the drafting of the Contagious Diseases Acts of 1866.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgements v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction xiii
  • List of Illustrations xix
  • Section I Reading the Mind 1
  • 1. Physiognomy 8
  • 2. Phrenology 25
  • 3. Mesmerism 49
  • Section II The Unconscious Mind and the Workings of Memory 65
  • 1. Associationism and Physiological Psychology 73
  • 2. Dreams 102
  • 3. Double Consciousness 123
  • 4. Memory 141
  • Section III The Sexual Body 163
  • 1. Defining Womanhood 169
  • 2. the Uterine Economy 184
  • 3. Masculinity and the Control of Sexuality 209
  • Section IV Insanity and Nervous Disorders 225
  • 1. Moral Management and the Rise of the Psychiatrist 231
  • Section V Heredity, Degeneration, and Modern Life 285
  • 1. Nervous Economies: Morbidity and Modernity 293
  • 2. Concepts of Descent and Degeneration 303
  • 3. Inherited Legacies: Idiocy and Criminality 322
  • 4. Childhood 335
  • 5. Race and Hybridity 352
  • 6 Sex in Mind and Education 373
  • Notes on Authors 389
  • Select Bibliography 413
  • Index 423
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