P. Broca’s Facial Goniometer

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P. Broca’s Facial Goniometer

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Broca’s Craniometeror Facial Goniometer, c. 1870, by Dr. Pierre-Paul Broca (1824-1880) - a brilliant anthropologist, neurologist, surgeon, and child prodigy.  He enteredmedical school at the age of seventeen and graduated by age of twenty from Hotel Dieu in Paris.  A professor of surgical pathology, he held degrees in mathematics, literature, and physics.  Also, a noted brain anatomist, he contributed to the understanding of the limbic system and is perhaps best known for his discovery of the speech center, known today as Broca’s Area. A pioneer in the field of physical anthropology, he founded the Anthropologic Society of Paris, The Revue d’Anthropologie, and School of Anthropology. Broca was a student of Gall’s and a founding member of the Society Phrenologique.  He contributed to the science of cranial anthropometry by creating cranial measuring devices and numerical indices.

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