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Thomas Willis

Thomas Willis.

Thomas Willis, a professor at Oxford, writes the first monograph on brain anatomy and physiology, Cerebri Anatome.
In his book, he states that the cerebral hemispheres, which constitute 70% of the human brain, determine thought and action and are completely separate from the part of the brain that controls basic motor functions like walking. He also locates specific mental functions within the corpus callosum, corpus striatum and the cerebellum and introduces the words; 'neurology,' 'hemisphere,' 'lobe,' 'pyramid,' 'corpus striatum,' and 'penduncle' into the modern vocabulary. His work is influential in leading future neuroscientists to study the functional contributions of individual brain parts.


Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.

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