chapter  IX
GERMAN PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY BEFORE WUNDT
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WEmustnowreturntoconsidertheprogressofphysiological psychologyinGermany,which,inthehandsofWeber, Fechner,andJohannesMuller,hadmadesuchamagnificent beginning.

HelmholtzwasthesonofaPrussianarmyofficer,andwas educatedwithaviewtobecominganarmysurgeon.But thepracticeofmedicinedidnotinteresthim,andhebegan todevotehimselftophysicsandphysiologyfortheirown sake.Exposuretothe"philosophyofNature,"ontheone hand,andtotheexactscientificmethodsofhisteacher, JohannesMuller,andhiscontemporariesontheotherhand, ledtoadefiniterebellionagainsttheformerandaneager acceptanceoftheinductiveandmathematicalmethodsof thelatter.