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For instance, during the eighteenth century, people who called themselves  phrenologists convinced many Europeans that a person’s character could be analyzed  through the study of the contours of the skull. Likewise, the quack field of physiognomy  claimed to be able to predict psychological characteristics, such as a predisposition to  violence, by analyzing facial features or body structure. Similar medical hoaxes were  common throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, some more dangerous  than others, such as the continuing practice of bloodletting. Although many of these misguided Enlightenment scientists believed that their methods  could work, many were charlatans who knew exactly what they were doing. The world  was wide-eyed and eager for new knowledge and, as of yet, lacked the fact-checking  capabilities to separate real discoveries from pure deception. The American Revolution
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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