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USC Norris Medical Library
USC Norris Medical Library
West Conference Room, Lower Level, 2003 Zonal Ave
Los Angeles
Megan Curran
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This alarming question was not so ludicrous in the beginning of the 19th century. The popular “New Science” of phrenology had a lot of famous geniuses lose their heads...quite literally. The skulls of Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Goya and others were stolen from their graves with the intention to discover how bumps on the skull point to signs of genius. Some skulls traversed the world -- sold, swapped, stolen, damaged by admirers and medical luminaries. Author Colin Dickey will discuss his book "Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius". Immediately following the talk, Norris librarians will be on hand to display and discuss the library's rare historical works on phrenology and anatomy in the East Conference Room across the hall.