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Between the Mind Twist and the Brain Spot: The Material Dimensions of Psychopathology in the Work of Elmer Ernest Southard (2017)


This paper explores the material and visual practices that defined studies of psychopathology in early twentieth-century American medicine, through a close look at the work of neuropathologist Elmer E. Southard (1876–1920). As a discipline sitting at the intersection between laboratory and clinical practice, neuropathology has received little attention from historians of the brain sciences. Unlike the neurologist, who was interested in treating patients and saving lives, the neuropathologist often encountered patients following death, and studied the brain for signs of pathology during autopsy. Trained in a German tradition of laboratory pathology, Southard has been cast as a somaticist with respect to psychopathology. By examining Southard’s medical and philosophical writings, I present a more nuanced analysis of the role of brain pathology in Southard’s vision of disease etiology, his views on the foundations of psychiatry, as well as a more vivid picture of the sorts of material practices that defined the work of the neuropathologist.

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Authors & Contributors
Stahnisch, Frank W.
Finger, Stanley
Picozzi, Mario
Sandrone, Stefano
Maria Angela Veronese
Tonetti, Luca
Nuova Rivista di Storia della Medicina
Medicina Historica
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Social Studies of Science
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Oxford University Press
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Palgrave Macmillan
McGill-Queen's University Press
Human anatomy
Neurosurgery; psychosurgery
Asson, Michelangelo
Lussana, Filippo
Kandel, Eric Richard
Sherrington, Charles Scott
Walshe, Francis Martin Rouse
Vesalius, Andreas
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
21st century
United States
Great Britain
Strasbourg (France)
Reichsuniversität Strassburg

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