Neurology and Modernity

A Cultural History of Nervous Systems, 1800–1950

  • Laura Salisbury
  • Andrew Shail

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Laura Salisbury, Andrew Shail
    Pages 1-40
  3. Jane F. Thrailkill
    Pages 96-112
  4. Jean Walton
    Pages 245-266
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 287-298

About this book


As people of the modern era were singularly prone to nervous disorders, the nervous system became a model for describing political and social organization. This volume untangles the mutual dependencies of scientific neurology and the cultural attitudes of the period 1800-1950, exploring how and why modernity was a fundamentally nervous state.


cultural history nervous system neurology neuropathology psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Laura Salisbury
    • 1
  • Andrew Shail
    • 2
  1. 1.Technology and CultureBirkbeck CollegeLondonUK
  2. 2.Newcastle UniversityUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2010
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-31324-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-27800-4
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