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Revolutionary nineteenth-century american citizens believed firmly that human perfection may be completed due to glossy technological know-how. To many, the technology of that turbulent age seemed to provide vibrant new solutions to life's age-old questions. this type of weather, now not strangely, fostered the expansion of what we now view as "pseudo-sciences"―disciplines delicately balancing a doubtful inductive method with ethical and non secular issues, disseminated with a mix of competitive entrepreneurship and sheer entertainment.

Such "sciences" as mesmerism, spiritualism, homoeopathy, hydropathy, and phrenology have been warmly acquired not just via the uninformed and credulous but additionally by way of the decent and proficient. Rationalistic, egalitarian, and utilitarian, they struck normal and reassuring chords in American ears and gave credence to the message of reformers that overall healthiness and happiness are available to all.

As the participants to this quantity express, the diffusion and perform of those pseudo-sciences intertwined with all of the significant scientific, cultural, spiritual, and philosophical revolutions in nineteenth-century the United States. Hydropathy and especially homoeopathy, for instance, loved adequate respectability for a time to problem orthodox drugs. The claims of mesmerists and spiritualists seemed to provide wish for a brand new ethical social order. bold flights of pseudo-scientific concept even ventured into such parts as artwork and human sexuality. And all of the pseudo-sciences resonated with the communitarian and women's rights movements.

This very important exploration of the foremost nineteenth-century pseudo-sciences offers clean views at the American society of that period and at the historical past of the orthodox sciences, a few which grew out of the fertile soil plowed through the pseudo-scientists.

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