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The People's Anatomy

Dreaming the Body in Popular Medicine

Although allegory, metaphor, and bizarre juxtapositions were no longer featured in serious scientific texts after 1800, popular writers on medical topics continued to use them. Books and lectures on health attracted large audiences but there was much competition. Phrenologists, dietary reformers, botanical healers, homeopaths, and orthodox health advocates all vied for the public eye and ear. Arresting visual images helped popular writers explain their ideas about the structure and workings of the body.

Lectures to ladies on anatomy and physiology by Mary S. Gove The composite man by Pratt and Williams



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