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The Politics of Evolution: Morphology, Medicine, and Reform in Radical London

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Looking for the first time at the cut-price anatomy schools rather than genteel Oxbridge, Desmond winkles out pre-Darwinian evolutionary ideas in reform-minded and politically charged early nineteenth-century London. In the process, he reveals the underside of London intellectual and social life in the generation before Darwin as it has never been seen before.

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Published May 15th 1992 by University Of Chicago Press (first published April 15th 1992)
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1. Why did Darwin not publish for 20 years?
2. British society in the 1830s: conservatives v. ‘Low lifes’
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Adrian John Desmond (born 1947) is an English writer on the history of science.

He studied physiology at University College, London, and went on to study history of science and vertebrate palaeontology at University College London before researching the history of vertebrate palaeontology at Harvard University, under Stephen Jay Gould. He was awarded a PhD in the area of the Victorian-period contex
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