TITLE

THE SINNER AND THE PHRENOLOGIST: DAVEY HAGGART MEETS GEORGE COMBE

AUTHOR(S)
Lucie, Patricia
PUB. DATE
December 2007
SOURCE
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies;2007, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p125
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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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27874632

 

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