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Charles Bell and the Anatomy of Reform$
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Carin Berkowitz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226280394

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226280424.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Charles Bell and the Anatomy of Reform

Carin Berkowitz

University of Chicago Press

The introduction sets the scene for the book, describing what medicine in early-nineteenth-century London was like. It also discusses Bell’s family—his mother, his brothers John and George—and the role that Edinburgh played in shaping him. Finally, it makes an argument for biography as an important historiographical tool. By following the life of Charles Bell, we can better appreciate the complexity of individuals’ social networks and politics, a complexity that is not captured by the sorts of political histories and prosopographies that have often been used to discuss reform.

Keywords:   Charles Bell, biography, John Bell, Enlightenment Edinburgh, medicine, London, reform, classroom

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