Brain RenaissanceFrom Vesalius to Modern Neuroscience

Brain RenaissanceFrom Vesalius to Modern Neuroscience

Marco Catani and Stefano Sandrone

Print publication date: Apr 2015

ISBN: 9780199383832

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

This title marks the 500th anniversary of the birth and the 450th anniversary of the death of Vesalius. The authors translated Latin chapters of the Fabrica dedicated to the brain, a milestone in the history of neuroscience. Many chapters are accompanied by a commentary tracking the discoveries that paved the way to our modern understanding of the brain - from the pineal gland that regulates sleep, the fornix and mammillary bodies for memory, the colliculi for auditory and visual perception, and the cerebellum for motor control, to the corpus callosum for inter-hemispheric cross-talk, the neural correlates of senses, and the methods for dissections. The chapters constitute a primer for those interested in the brain and history of neuroscience. The translation, written with modern anatomical terminology in mind, provides direct access to Vesalius' original work on the brain. Those interested in reading the words of the Renaissance master will find the book an invaluable addition to their Vesalian collection.

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