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Introduction to Phrenology (1921)

At the age of sixteen, I chanced to notice in a small monthly paper an advertisement which read "How to make a Bad Memory Good and a Good Memory Better. Send ten cents, etc." In due time I received a booklet containing a brief presentation of mnemonics. On one of the pages, there was this footnote- See "Memory" by O.S. Fowler. I picked ten quarts of blackberries and sold them to the village grocer who was also in charge of the post office. I purchased a money order and sent it to Fowler and Wells of New York. One week later on a Saturday night, I received the coveted book. Late into the night and all day Sunday I read Fowler on Memory. This book was one of three volumes devoted to phrenology. Just as soon as I could earn sufficient money I purchased the remaining two volumes. These three books, one treatise, absorbed all of my leisure time for reading. Fowler's laconic style commanded my undivided attention. Through the reading of Fowler, I was ushered into a new world. I eagerly followed his instructions in developing and training my own mind. Before I was seventeen I began teaching a district school in a community where law and order were at a discount. I applied as best I could the principles expounded by Fowler. The results were so satisfactory that during the passing of fifty-one years I have continued the study of human nature from the phrenological viewpoint. In the meantime, I have read the scathing denunciations of modern psychologists, the destructive criticisms of brain specialists and the condemnation by the entire scientific world. I place a very high value on applied psychology for the simple reason that it has increased the value of applied phrenology for me. Fifty-one years of continuous work in the school room has convinced me through personal contact with more than 35,000 students that the fundamentals of phrenology are worth preserving. In England, Dr. Bernard Hollander, a celebrated physician, has within the last twenty-five years awakened a new interest in phrenology. I rejoice over the fact that one of the group, Dr. William Windsor, has cheerfully consented to put in book form an exposition of phrenology based on more than forty years of practice in the phrenological field. I became acquainted with Dr. Windsor in 1895. During that time I have had an opportunity to observe and study his career. While recognizing the colossal work of Gr. Gail and his associates, the splendid work of George Combe, the Fowlers and Dr. Hollander, he moves forward fearlessly, making new discoveries and improvements in the application of phrenology.

For whom is this book written? Here is my answer. First, for all who wish toe make a scientific study of human nature, and especially for those who wish to become professional character analysts.

Second, for teachers who, like myself, feel that they must know their students. Modern psychology has furnished valuable intelligence tests. Dr. Windsor's book turns the X-ray on all the mind's activities- even more than that- on the whole man.

Third, for the enlightenment of physicians and nurses. The medical world is fast learning that the patient must be studied above his eyes. The more the physician knows about the mind of his patient the better service he can render.

Fourth, for clergyman who are teachers in a special field. Not infrequently the preacher's efficiency is in proportion to his knowledge of human nature. Henry Wart Beecher and Joseph Cook placed a high value on practical knowledge of phrenology.

Fifth, for lawyers. The most successful criminal lawyers testify to the necessity of knowing human nature. Dr. Windsor, educated for the law, has in his book made this point clear.

Sixth, for the industrial world. Business organizers, business managers, salesmen, advertisers, etc. will find in this book the key to success.

Seventh, for the general public. Dr. Windsor's simple style makes this book more attractive than a novel. The wealth of illustrations brings every page within the comprehension of the ordinary reader. Husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, should read and study this book. Knowing one another means harmony, co-operation, loyalty and love.

Every reader, eager to obey the ancient injunction, "Know Thyself," will find in this book, the inspiration I found fifty years ago in Fowler's little book "Memory." I therefore bid the book Godspeed.

Source: In Windsor, William. Phrenology: Science of Character. (Big Rapids: Ferris-Windsor Company, 1921).