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!