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Brain History?

Sydney M Lamb smlamb at OWLNET.RICE.EDU
Mon Feb 5 12:00:27 EST 1996

On 4 Feb 1996, yawn wrote:

> When was the function of the brain first recognised?  During the process 
> of mummification the ancient Egyptians embalmed many organs but not the 
> brain, obviously not considering it not important.  

The great physician Galen, one of the first to use dissection of animals 
as a source of anatomic information (it was illegal to dissect human 
corpses), proposed that the brain is the center of both thinking and 
feeling --- in the 7th century.   This was of course a great advance over 
Aristotle's speculation that the function of the brain was to cool the 

Full speed ahead! 


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