Mark Twain on Phrenology

James L. Stone, Edward R. Laws, James T. Goodrich, Paul H. Chapman, Michael Horowitz

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Abstract

MARK TWAIN WAS a noted 19th century American writer and humorist. He often elaborated upon the personalities of his characters, and his observational skills reflected a strong interest in psychology. Similarly, he found an interest in phrenology, a pseudoscience that purported to characterize personality traits according to elevations or depressions on the head. Twain's style is clearly reflected in the interesting essay he wrote regarding his personal experience with phrenology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1414-1417
Number of pages4
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume53
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cerebral localization
  • Mark Twain
  • Phrenology
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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    Stone, J. L., Laws, E. R., Goodrich, J. T., Chapman, P. H., & Horowitz, M. (2003). Mark Twain on Phrenology. Neurosurgery, 53(6), 1414-1417. https://doi.org/10.1227/01.NEU.0000093429.94129.F0