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Learning about how we understand ourselves,
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This review is from: Flesh in the Age of Reason (Paperback)
This is the type of history that expands your knowledge base.
Porter describes the difficulties that the early scientists had to overcome to begin understanding the human body.
For too long, religious restrictions tried to keep our material body a mystery but these pioneers slowly uncovered
the secrets of us all. Porter plots the rise of the intellect as an upper-class substitute for the universal soul.
This provides a wonderful view of social attitudes evolving in Eighteenth Century European civilization.