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March 1, 1902

The Mental Functions of the Brain, An Investigation into Their Localization and Their Manifestation In Health and Disease.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(9):599. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480090051021

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This work is an attempt to rehabilitate phrenology. The author thinks that the results of the investigations on the localization of functions in the brain confirm the deductions of Gall of nearly a century ago, and he makes the statement that no subject has ever been so thoroughly misrepresented even by men of acknowledged authority and no author has ever been left to such malice as Gall, notwithstanding there is not one man of scientific repute who has left anything that would indicate that he has examined Gall's chief work. We are under the impression that the recognition of Gall's services as an investigator has been more general than the author would admit. In fact, it is our opinion he has not been spoken of disrespectfully, even when the pseudo-science of phrenology has not been recognized. We do not find on perusal of the work any reason to adopt the

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