Appalled at the conditions of Massachusetts’ mental institutions Dix published “Memorial to the Legislature of Massachusetts” in 1843, listing the horrors of every asylum in the state. She went on to be one of the first to advocate for improved asylum conditions. To read about other advocates and a history of disability from pre-1492 to the present, check out Kim Nielsen’s A Disability History of the United States.
Ginny Gilder, a former Olympian, shares the crushing disappointment that occurs when political disputes interfere with Olympic aspirations. Check out our blog to find out more!
The idea of the brain as an organ divided into parts with different motor and sensory functions was popularized by phrenologist Franz Joseph Gall in the 18th century. Although the phrenological idea of reading personality on the bumps of your head was wrong (and totally weird), Gall’s fundamental idea of various brain functions being located in specific areas of the brain ultimately proved correct. Way to go FJ!
To learn more about the birth of modern medicine take a look at Marketplace of the Marvelous by Erika Janik.