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Exhibition Label - Revealing the Brain

Gall snuffbox (MHS inv. 13366)

German physician Franz Joseph Gall (1758-1828) was the founder of phrenology (or organology), which aimed to reveal the character of a person from the form of the skull. The more prominent a bump, the more highly developed the functional area of the brain below, as shown on this phrenological snuffbox, marked out according to Gall's system. Phrenology was largely discredited by the end of the 19th century and ceased to be practised.

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