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Mesmerism - The Franco-Louisiana Connection: A Guide: Phrenology

Société du Magnétisme de la Nouvelle-Orléans


Neurology. -- The is the name of a new science which has recently been started, and which is said to be a union of mesmerism and phrenology.

Phrenology and Mesmerism

In 1919-20, my first year on the Tulane medical faculty, I discovered this skull in a box of discarded bones.  The skull is notable because the phrenological areas are outlined and named.  Its history is unknown, but there is a possibility that it had been used by “Dr. W. B. Powell, a phrenologist, who briefly (in 1835) held the chair of chemistry.” This quotation is from the Rudolph Matas History of Medicine in Louisiana (John Duffy), v.2, p.248.  Context suggests that Dr. Powell served in the very early period of the school.                         

Harold Cummins

Chairman, Department of Anatomy, 1933-1960
Chairman, Department of Microscopic Anatomy, 1933 - 1945

Dr. Cummins achieved world recognition as the "Father of Dermatoglyphics" or the scientific study of skin ridge patterns found on the palms of human hands.


Skull from Tulane History

Mrs. Loomis Class

Classified Ad.

The Daily Picayune, Feburary 2, 1848.

Phrenology and Mesmerism.

Mrs. Loomis's Class of Ladies and Gentlemen


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