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The Resource Pseudo-science and society in 19th-century America, Arthur Wrobel, editor

Pseudo-science and society in 19th-century America, Arthur Wrobel, editor

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Pseudo-science and society in 19th-century America
Title
Pseudo-science and society in 19th-century America
Statement of responsibility
Arthur Wrobel, editor
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Progressive nineteenth-century Americans believed firmly that human perfection could be achieved with the aid of modern science. To many, the science of that turbulent age appeared to offer bright new answers to life's age-old questions. Such a climate, not surprisingly, fostered the growth of what we now view as "pseudo-sciences"--Disciplines delicately balancing a dubious inductive methodology with moral and spiritual concerns, disseminated with a combination of aggressive entrepreneurship and sheer entertainment. Such "sciences" as mesmerism, spiritualism, homoeopathy, hydropathy, and phrenology were warmly received not only by the uninformed and credulous but also by the respectable and educated. Rationalistic, egalitarian, and utilitarian, they struck familiar and reassuring chords in American ears and gave credence to the message of reformers that health and happiness are accessible to all. As the contributors to this volume show, the diffusion and practice of these pseudo-sciences intertwined with all the major medical, cultural, religious, and philosophical revolutions in nineteenth-century America. Hydropathy and particularly homoeopathy, for example, enjoyed sufficient respectability for a time to challenge orthodox medicine. The claims of mesmerists and spiritualists appeared to offer hope for a new moral social order. Daring flights of pseudo-scientific thought even ventured into such areas as art and human sexuality. And all the pseudo-sciences resonated with the communitarian and women's rights movements."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
EBLCP
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1940-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Wrobel, Arthur
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pseudoscience
  • Alternative medicine
  • Quacks and quackery
  • United States
  • MEDICAL
  • HISTORY
  • Alternative medicine
  • Manners and customs
  • Quacks and quackery
  • United States
Label
Pseudo-science and society in 19th-century America, Arthur Wrobel, editor
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Andrew Jackson Davis and Spiritualism
  • Robert W. Delp--
  • Phrenology as Political Science
  • Arthur Wrobel--
  • Sexuality and the Pseudo-Sciences
  • Harold Aspiz--
  • Washington Irving and Homoeopathy
  • George Hendrick--
  • Sculpture and the Expressive Mechanism
  • Charles Thomas Walters--
  • Introduction
  • Mesmerism and the Birth of Psychology
  • Robert C. Fuller--
  • Afterword
  • Arthur Wrobel
  • Arthur Wrobel--
  • Robert H. Collyer's Technology of the Soul
  • Taylor Stoehr--
  • "Nervous Disease" and Electric Medicine
  • John L. Greenway--
  • Hydropathy, or the Water-Cure
  • Marshall Scott Legan--
Control code
ocn900344653
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (254 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813165035
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt129crjk
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)900344653
Label
Pseudo-science and society in 19th-century America, Arthur Wrobel, editor
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Andrew Jackson Davis and Spiritualism
  • Robert W. Delp--
  • Phrenology as Political Science
  • Arthur Wrobel--
  • Sexuality and the Pseudo-Sciences
  • Harold Aspiz--
  • Washington Irving and Homoeopathy
  • George Hendrick--
  • Sculpture and the Expressive Mechanism
  • Charles Thomas Walters--
  • Introduction
  • Mesmerism and the Birth of Psychology
  • Robert C. Fuller--
  • Afterword
  • Arthur Wrobel
  • Arthur Wrobel--
  • Robert H. Collyer's Technology of the Soul
  • Taylor Stoehr--
  • "Nervous Disease" and Electric Medicine
  • John L. Greenway--
  • Hydropathy, or the Water-Cure
  • Marshall Scott Legan--
Control code
ocn900344653
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (254 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813165035
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt129crjk
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)900344653

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