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Principles of Mental Physiology
With their Applications to the Training and Discipline of the Mind, and the Study of its Morbid Conditions

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Medicine

  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108005289

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  • William Carpenter (1813–85) was trained as a doctor; he was apprenticed to an eye surgeon, and later attended University College London and the University of Edinburgh, obtaining his M. D. in 1839. Rather than practising medicine, he became a teacher, specialising in neurology, and it was his work as a zoologist on marine invertebrates that brought him wide scientific recognition. His Principles of Mental Physiology, published in 1874, developed the ideas he had first expounded in the 1850s, and expounds the arguments for and against the two models of psychology then current – automatism, which assumed that the mind operates under the control of the physiology of the body for all human activity, and free will, 'an independent power, controlling and directing that activity.' Drawing on animal as well as human examples, his arguments, especially on the acquisition of mental traits in the individual, are much influenced by Darwin.

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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108005289
    • length: 764 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 39 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Book I. General Physiology:
    1. Of the general relations between mind and body
    2. Of the nervous system and its functions
    3. Of attention
    4. Of sensation
    5. Of perception and instinct
    6. Of ideation and ideo-motor action
    7. Of the emotions
    8. Of habit
    9. Of the will
    Book II. Special Physiology:
    10. Of memory
    11. Of common sense
    12. Of imagination
    13. Of unconscious cerebration
    14. Of reverie and abstraction–electro-biology
    15. Of sleep, dreaming and somnambulism
    16. Of mesmerism and spiritualism
    17. Of intoxication and delirium
    18. Of insanity
    19. Influence of mental states on the organic functions
    20. Of mind and will in nature

  • Author

    William Benjamin Carpenter

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