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Phrenologist Johann Spurzheim Arrives in U.S. for Lecture Tour

Johann Gaspar Spurzheim
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Phrenologist Johann Gaspar Spurzheim arrives in the United States for a public lecture tour. This tour will play an important role in the growing popularity of phrenology, though Spurzheim will soon die of typhus.

Created in 1796 by Franz Joseph Gall, phrenology is a pseudoscience which teaches that the measurements of a person's skull provide insight about the nature of a person's personality and behavior.

Johann Gaspar Spurzheim studied medicine at the University of Vienna and was hired by Gall as an assistant. Spurzheim intended Gall to be his successor, but the two had a falling out and Spurzheim has gone off on his own.

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