Gall, Franz Joseph (1758-1828), anatomist, physiologist and founder of phrenology.
Gall was one of the first to study the localization of mental functions in the brain. He believed that there was a relationship between the size and shape of the skull and mental faculties and character. He suggested that the brain was divided into 27 separate "organs". Each organ supposedly corresponded ot a distinct human faculty, though Gall identified 19 of these as being shared with other animal species. A lot of these beliefs have been tried and tested and found to be true.
Yesterday Willow asked if handwriting is a dying art and went on to explain Graphology, employed as a means of analysing character. It was her post that sent me searching for Phrenology and wondering if some aspects are still in use. Apparently, very much so.
I also wonder what my handwriting says about my character? On the other hand, I may wonder but do I really want to know?
Addendum: I was a little hasty in naming this post. I went away and thought about it. The Corpus Callosum is the white matter of the brain and I'm more interested in the gray matter. Perhaps I should have called it 'Gray's Anatomy'.