Lucie, Patricia
December 2007
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies;2007, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p125
Academic Journal
The article looks at the research on phrenology conducted by phrenologist George Combe using professional thief Davey Haggart as his subject. Combe's involvement with Haggart took place at a time when phrenologists were just beginning to build a full-blown theory of crime and punishment. Combe believes that the explanation of Haggart's criminal behavior lay primarily in the organisation of his brain, in particular in the relative sizes of discrete, measurable organs responsible for different aspects if personality and thought.


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