Books: The Couch & the Calipers

PHRENOLOGY: FAD AND SCIENCE (203 pp.)—John D. Davis—Yale ($3.75).

The modern egghead has his head candled by the light of psychoanalysis. The well-informed egghead of 1855 felt sure that everything depended on the shell, i.e., on a "phrenological" study of the size and shape of the skull.

In those pre-Freud days, the intellectual did not speak of the libido; he nattered about the Bump of Amativeness (at the base of the skull, down there at the sides). God had nothing to do with "oceanic feeling" or a "father image," but could be found right up...

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