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By Laura Salisbury, Andrew Shail

An exploration of the conduct of the trendy period beside cultural notions learning mind functionality and the worried method to be relevant to future health and ailment. It appears to be like at debates inside of neurology and tradition via neurological works, well known suggestion, and the looks of neurological problems in the aesthetic artefacts of modernity.

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The self could not be seen as capable of detachment from the world if the entire nervous system, including the brain, required the ‘interference’ of immediate surroundings to function. If the body was, by its nature, functionally connected to its environment, the modern neurological subject needed to be regarded as fundamentally attached to a world by which it could be both nourished and harried. Advances in the understanding of neurological functioning also contributed to the idea that nervous disorder was common, distributed throughout the body and the populace as a whole.

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1 Beyond the Brain: Sceptical and Satirical Responses to Gall’s Organology Michael K. House In the final decade of the eighteenth century, the Viennese physician Franz Joseph Gall (1758–1828) introduced a new natural-scientific theory that set out to explain the functions of the mind on a material basis. Gall’s proposed physical account of the mind marked a radical methodological and theoretical reappraisal of the traditional dualism between mind and body. Earlier approaches, even those that sought a material contact-point between the body and the soul, began by positing an independent soul and then turned to the question of how this immaterial soul interacted with the material body.

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