Article ID: CBB000831389

Walter Moxon, MD, FCRP (1836--1886): The Cerebro-Vascular System and the Syndrome of “Congestion of the Brain”: An Analysis of His 1881 Croonian Lectures (2008)


Walter Moxon, MD, FRCP lived, practiced medicine, taught and wrote in the mid- to late- nineteenth-century Victorian England, mostly at Guy's Hospital, London. He was widely informed in the Art of Physic, writing on a range of issues from cerebral lateralization of articulate speech to angina pectoris. The present paper will trace briefly his contributions to the newly discovered asymmetry of articulate speech in the left frontal lobe (1866) and will in more detail trace and analyze his 1881 Croonian Lectures at the Royal College of Physicians on a medical shibboleth referred to as congestion of the brain. In a series of ingenious and rhetorically creative arguments with imaginative tropes, demonstrations, evolutionary accounts of cognition and blood metabolism for human/biped cognition, and cogent citations from the medical literature of the day, Moxon skillfully instructs his medical audience against the misleading notion of cerebral congestion as an underlying pathology for cognitive, motor, and sensory deficits seen in the clinic. In so doing, he provides the medical community with an in-depth glimpse at the circulatory system, its flow dynamics, and how they serve to meet the cognitive, motor, and sensory demands of upright bipedal man.


Description Traces Moxon's contributions to the newly discovered asymmetry of articulate speech in the left frontal lobe. (from the abstract)

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Authors & Contributors
Cook, Harold John
Cooper, Donald D.
Lawrence, Susan C.
Birken, William Joesph
Sharp, Lindsay
Peitzman, Steven Jay
Medical History
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Transactions and Studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Journal of British Studies
Social History of Medicine
American Journal of Legal History
Oxford University Press for the Royal College of Physicians
Oxford University Press
Royal College of Physicians of London
W. W. Norton & Co.
Circulation of the blood
Bright, Richard
Moufet, Thomas
Bonham, Thomas
Coke, Edward
Poe, Leonard
Anthony, Francis
Time Periods
17th century
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
British Isles
Great Britain
Royal College of Physicians of London
Guy's Hospital, London
St. Bartholomew's Hospital (London)

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