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History of the Brain
Illustration by Andreas Vesalius

Illustration by Andreas Vesalius

Andreas Vesalius, a Renaissance anatomist, publishes De humani corporis fabrica (On the Workings of the Human Body), one of the first known neuroscience textbooks.
one of the first known neuroscience textbooks. Lavishly illustrated, it contains major sections on the workings of the nerves and the brain. Vesalius also disputes the prevailing doctrine that the higher functions of the brain are situated in the ventricles. He has discovered in his dissection studies that the brains of many animals (and all mammals), have the same ventricles as humans. Since animals have no soul, he reasons, the ventricles must not be the key to higher brain functions such as emotion and memory.


Dover, 1973.

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