Monthly Archives: July 2010

What about ‘hourglass’ or ‘athletic’?

Writing about:  “Memory loss more likely for pear shaped women” in the Metro 15/7/10 The title tells you most of what you need to know. 150 years ago it was common practice to blame a woman’s mental state on her … Continue reading

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Have you weighed your brain recently?

I saw this today: BBC News:  Big head ‘may protect against dementia’. And couldn’t help thinking of several of the articles I’ve been coming across in the Journal of Mental Science, such as John Thurnam’s  On the Weight of the … Continue reading

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What is “the last infirmity of noble minds”?

In 1862 J.C. Bucknill and Daniel Hack Tuke, two of the most illustrious (British) psychiatrists of their day, published their great textbook: A Manual of Psychological Medicine.  In it, they offer a rather poignant description of those who “have lost … Continue reading

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