21 March 2011

David Lloyd George and Modern Phrenology

The Wellcome Library Blog has an amusing article about a little volume by J. Millott Severn entitled, The Business Head of the Future. A teaser from the opening paragraph:
Recently re-discovered in a corner of the storage rooms [of the Wellcome Library] was a modest, thin volume that revealed the economic hope of the future in earlier times, when faith was placed in one man. It was none other than David Lloyd George, the Chancellor of the Exchequer who became Prime Minister. But on what basis did the author have such confidence in him? It was quite simply that he had a large head which bulged in the right places. If I tell you that it was written by Brighton's brightest phrenologist, J Millott Severn, this might help explain why it came to be and why the shape of the Chancellor's skull was significant.

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