My nose, mouth etc., still bunged up with influenza so that I can neither smell nor taste.
During this time, being utterly incapable of work, have read Carpenter, Physiology , Lord, ditto , Kölliker, Gewebelehre , Spurzheim, The Anatomy of the Brain and the Nervous System , and Schwann and Schleiden, on the cells business [1847; 1850]. In Lord’s Popular Physiology, there’s a good critique of phrenology, although the chap’s religious. One passage recalls Hegel’s Phenomenology; it reads:
They attempt to break up the mind into a number of supposed original faculties, such as no metaphysician will, for a moment, admit ; and the brain into an equal number of organs, which the anatomist in vain asks to be shown, and then proceed to attach one of the former unadmitted suppositions as a mode of action to one of the latter undemonstrated existences.
As you know, 1. I’m always late off the mark with everything, and 2. I invariably follow in your footsteps. So it’s probable that I shall now devote much of my spare time to anatomy and physiology and, in addition, attend lectures (where there will be practical demonstrations and dissection).