Sketches of Buchanan's discoveries in neurology. Joseph R. Buchanan.

Sketches of Buchanan's discoveries in neurology

Louisville [Ky.]: J. Eliot & Co.'s Power Press, 1842. First edition, 8vo, pp. 120; removed from binding, wrappers wanting; very good. Joseph Rodes Buchanan (1814-99) was the son of Joseph Buchanan, author of the 1812 frontier-published materialistic The Philosophy of Human Nature. An infant prodigy, versed in astronomy and geometry at age six, Buchanan began studying law at age 12. While at the Medical School of the University of Louisville (class of 1842), he "laid the foundations for two new so-called sciences which he later elaborated, 'psychometry' and 'sarcognomy'..." --DAB. There he published this, his first book. "It is worth noting that Buchanan coined the phrase 'psychological chemistry' to designate the border territory which explains the connection between the mind and matter." --Roback, History of American Psychology. His medical theories may have influenced the later career of the notorious Albert Abrams. See Roback, p. 390, noting that, ahead of his time, Buchanan championed a theory of electrical properties of the brain. American Imprints 42-819; Cordasco 40-0162. Item #54979

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