By Laura Salisbury, Andrew Shail
As humans of the trendy period have been singularly vulnerable to apprehensive problems, the frightened procedure turned a version for describing political and social association. This quantity untangles the mutual dependencies of clinical neurology and the cultural attitudes of the interval 1800-1950, exploring how and why modernity used to be a essentially fearful kingdom.
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5 Alongside the putative demands of a technologized, urban modernity upon a reconﬁgured nervous system, a major discursive shift inaugurated by the institutionalization of Darwinian theories of evolution and natural selection produced a new emphasis within neurology on determining and categorizing the different stages of nervous development seemingly to be found between humans and animals, within human groups, and even within the nervous system itself. In seeking physiological explanations of psychological phenomena and traits, Herbert Spencer (1820–1903), for example, adapted Darwinian ideas of natural selection to Lamarckian theories of use-inheritance (the idea that organs are enhanced or diminished by use or disuse with the resultant changes transmitted to subsequent generations), to establish the principle that the emergence of volitional rather than automatic action was the telos of the evolutionary process in humans.
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Neurology and Modernity: A Cultural History of Nervous Systems, 1800–1950 by Laura Salisbury, Andrew Shail