The Politics Of Evolution: Morphology, Medicine, and Reform in Radical London

Paperback | April 15, 1992

byAdrian Desmond

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Looking for the first time at the cut-price anatomy schools rather than genteel Oxbridge, Desmond winkles out pre-Darwinian evolutionary ideas in reform-minded and politically charged early nineteenth-century London. In the process, he reveals the underside of London intellectual and social life in the generation before Darwin as it has never been seen before.

"The Politics of Evolution is intellectual dynamite, and certainly one of the most important books in the history of science published during the past decade."—Jim Secord, Times Literary Supplement

"One of those rare books that not only stakes out new territory but demands a radical overhaul of conventional wisdom."—John Hedley Brooke, Times Higher Education Supplement

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'Desmond+ shows us the early evolutionists in their proper political context, celebrated in radical circles, but bobbing and weaving to avoid the backlash..... If historians have yet to recognize that taste for evolution before Darwin+, it is because they have been looking in the wrong places--in salons instead of saloon bars, among ...

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Looking for the first time at the cut-price anatomy schools rather than genteel Oxbridge, Desmond winkles out pre-Darwinian evolutionary ideas in reform-minded and politically charged early nineteenth-century London. In the process, he reveals the underside of London intellectual and social life in the generation before Darwin as it ha...

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'[Desmond] shows us the early evolutionists in their proper political context, celebrated in radical circles, but bobbing and weaving to avoid the backlash..... If historians have yet to recognize that taste [for evolution before Darwin], it is because they have been looking in the wrong places--in salons instead of saloon bars, among ...

Adrian Desmond is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Biology at University College, London, and is the coauthor (with James Moore) of Darwin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:514 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.4 inPublished:April 15, 1992Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1. Evolution and Society: Setting the Scene
2. Importing the New Morphology
3. Reforming the Management of Medicine and Science: The Radical Perspective
4. Nonconformist Anatomy in the Private Schools
5. Accommodation and Domestication: Dealing with Geoffroy's Anatomy
6. Science under Siege: Forging an Idealist Comparative Anatomy at the College of Surgeons
7. Engaging the Lamarckians
8. Embryology, Archetypes, and Idealism: New Directions in Comparative Anatomy
9. Grasping the Nettle: Some Concluding Remarks
Afterword: Putting Darwin in the Picture
Appendix A: Comparative Anatomy Teachers in London in the 1830s
Appendix B: Biographical List of British Medical Men
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index

From Our Editors

'Desmond+ shows us the early evolutionists in their proper political context, celebrated in radical circles, but bobbing and weaving to avoid the backlash..... If historians have yet to recognize that taste for evolution before Darwin+, it is because they have been looking in the wrong places--in salons instead of saloon bars, among the cut glass accent of scientific gentlemen instead of the cut price anatomy courses of the medical reformers. In The Politics of Evolution, Desmond proves the point a hundred times over, providing, in the process, a much needed political dimension to our ideas about evolution.' -- Stephen Young, The Guardian