Inside Mass. General Hospital's museum
When Johann Gaspar Spurzheim died of typhoid in 1832, the Boston Phrenological Society formed to continue his legacy — publishing, holding meetings, and maintaining and growing the phrenologists head, face and skull cast collection. The Society was defunct by 1847 and John Collins Warren purchased the casts for his Harvard Medical School museum. Phrenology, the study of skull bumps and depressions as indicators of personality, ability, or mental health, was a popular yet erroneous early 19th century pseudo-science. Carl Maria von Weber was collected to demonstrate his large areas of Time, Tune, Ideality, and Wonder, according to the 1835 A Catalogue of Phrenological Specimens Belonging to the Boston Phrenological Society.