Charles Bell’s seeing hand: Teaching anatomy to the senses in Britain, 1750–1840

  title={Charles Bell’s seeing hand: Teaching anatomy to the senses in Britain, 1750–1840},
  author={Carin Berkowitz},
  journal={History of Science},
  pages={377 - 400}
  • C. Berkowitz
  • Published 1 December 2014
  • Education
  • History of Science
Charles Bell’s Bridgewater Treatise on the hand should be read as elaborating philosophies of pedagogy and the senses, and as fitting with Bell’s work on the nervous system. In The Hand, Bell argues that sensory reception must be coupled with muscular action to establish true knowledge, elevating the ‘doing’ hand to epistemological parity with the long-superior ‘seeing’ eye. Knowledge in anatomy was typically couched in terms to do with sight and depiction; but according to Bell, anatomy simply… 
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