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Medicine, Mind, and the Double Brain : A Study in Nineteenth-Century Thought - Anne Harrington

Medicine, Mind, and the Double Brain

A Study in Nineteenth-Century Thought

Paperback Published: 21st January 1989
ISBN: 9780691024226
Number Of Pages: 352

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The study concentrates on, without being strictly limited to, the years 1860-1900 and encompasses explorations into the concepts of symmetry and asymmetry in early nineteenth-century neurology.

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List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
A Note on References and Stylep. xiii
Introductionp. 3
The Pre-1860 Legacyp. 6
The Search for the Seat of the Soul
Brain-Duality and the "Laws of Symmetry"
Madness and the Double Brain
Arthur Ladbroke Wigan and the "Duality of the Mind"
Changing Categories of Reference
Language Localization and the Problem of Asymmetryp. 35
The Intellectual Context
Tan and the Localization of "Articulate Language"
The Academie de Medecine Debates
Broca and the Question of Human Uniqueness
The Discovery of Asymmetry
The Doctrine of "la Gaucherie Cerebrale"
Asymmetry and "Perfectibility": Why Some People Are More Unique Than Others
Left-Right Polarities of Mind and Brainp. 70
From Asymmetry to Left-Brain Superiority
"No Grin Without a Cat": The Structural Basis of Left-Brain Preeminence
The Left Hemisphere and the "Other Side of the Brain"
Concluding Thoughts: The Brain as Myth and Metaphor
The Post-Broca Case for "Duality of Mind": Basic Issues and Themesp. 105
The Wider Context
Anatomical and Physiological Considerations
Psychiatric Applications
Philosophical Implications
Popularization and Further Extensions of the Hypothesis
Left-Brain versus Right-Brain Selves and the Problem of the Corpus Callosump. 136
Two Brains/Two Opposing Personalities?
Frederic Myers on Brain Duality and the "Subliminal Self"
The Strange Case of Louis Vive
Lombroso on Mediumistic Consciousness and the Right Hemisphere
Lewis Pruce and the "Welsh" Case
Bleuler on "Unilateral Delirium"
Objections to the Brain Duality Hypothesis and the Problem of the Corpus Callosum
Unilateral Apraxia and the Problem of the Corpus Callosum: A Second Look
The "Experimental Evidence": Metalloscopy and Hemi-Hypnosisp. 166
Hysteria and the Double Brain
Metalloscopy and the Discovery of "Transfer"
Hypnotizing the Double Brain (Phase One)
Hypnotizing the Double Brain (Phase Two)
Contemporary Reaction and the Decline of a Research Program
The Hughlings Jackson Perspectivep. 206
Dissent from the French Faculty School
Basic Principles: Concomitance, Evolution, Localization, Compensation
Unilateral Disorders and "Sparing"
Propositional (Voluntary) versus Emotional (Automatic) Speech
"Imperception" and the Voluntary Functions of the Right Hemisphere
The "Duality of the Mental Operations"
Applications of the Thesis
Freud and Jackson's Double Brain: The Case for a Psychoanalytic Debtp. 235
Jackson and the Freudian Monograph "On Aphasia"
Freud and Jackson on Language and the Possibility of Consciousness
Subject/Object Consciousness versus Primary/Secondary Thought
Pathological Subject Consciousness and the Mechanism of Repression
The Fate of the Double Brainp. 248
From Hysteria to Schizophrenia: The Consequences of Clinical Cartesianism
Neurology's Rediscovery of the "Whole"
Complementary Trends in the Laboratory
The Problem of Hemisphere Differences: New Trends in the Clinic
"Split-Brain" Man, and the Launching of a New Era
On the Relations between Old Views and New: Some Closing Questions
Guide to the Major Structures of the Human Brain Discussed in This Studyp. 287
Addendap. 290
Referencesp. 291
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9780691024226
ISBN-10: 0691024227
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 21st January 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5