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Preface Acknowledgments PART ONE: VESALIUS'S LIFE: THE ANATOMY OF AN ANATOMIST 1. Vesalius, a Man of His TIme 2. A Flemish Formation in Brussels and Leuven 3. Vesalius Meets Galen in Paris 4. The Paduan School of Anatomy 5. A Slow Departure From Galen 6. The Making of the Fabrica 7. Dissecting the Fabrica 8. Vesalius and Venice 9. A Life Among Eminent Men, with Many Honors and Gifts 10. From Anatomy to Surgery 11. Desolation in Spain 12. The Last Journey PART TWO: THE FABRICA OF THE HUMAN BRAIN 13. The Brain Is Fabricated for the Sake of the Supreme Spirit, the Senses, and Also the Movement That Depends upon Our Will 14. On the Hard Membrane That Surrounds the Brain and the Small Membrane Covering the Skull Under the Skin 15. On the Thin Membrane of the Brain 16. On the Number, Position, Shape, Convolutions, and Substance of the Brain and Cerebellum Commentary: Scratching the Surface of Complexity 17. On the Corpus Callosum of the Brain and the Septum of the Right and Left Ventricles Commentary: The Corpus Callosum: A Tale of Anarchic Hands and Split Brains 18. On the Cerebral Ventricles Commentary: The Liqour of our Souls 19. On the Brain Structure That Expert Dissectors Have Compared to a Tortoise-Like Vault Commentary: The Fornix: A Memory Thread in the Brain 20. On the Cerebral Gland Resembling a Pine Nut Commentary: The Pineal Gland: From the Seat of the Soul to the "SAD" Lamps 21. On the Testes and the Buttocks of the Brain : Commentary: Sex on the Hills 22. On the Cerebellar Processes Resembling Worms and the Tendons That Contain Them Commentary: The Cerebellum: More Than a Little Brain 23. On the Infundibulum, the Glandule That Receives the Cerebral Phlegm, and the Other Ducts That Clense It Commentary: The Axis of Survival 24. On the Networks of the Brain Believed to Be Similar to the Reticular Plexus and the Placenta Commentary: The Net of Wonder 25. On the Organ of Smell 26. On the Eye, the Instrument of Vision 27. On the Organ of Hearing 28. On the Organ of Taste 29. On the Organ of Touch 30. How to Dissect the Brain and all the Other Organs Discussed in This Book PART THREE: A BRIEF HISTORY OF NEUROSCIENCE FROM VESALIUS TO THE CONNECTOME 31. Introduction to Network Neuroscience 32. Protoconnectome Maps 33. Seeing Things in Gray and White 34. Phrenology and Animal Electricity 35. Microscope Discoveries 36. Early Cartography 37. From Electrophysiology to Neuroimaging 38. Metaphors and Myths Appendix: Figures from the Seventh Book of the Fabrica Notes References Index

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Outstanding Book in the History of the Neurosciences by the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences

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Marco Catani Neuroanatomy and Tractography Brain Laboratory Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences Institute of Psychiatry Kings College London, UK Stefano Sandrone Neuroanatomy and Tractography Brain Laboratory Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences Institute of Psychiatry Kings College London, UK


"Marco Catani and Stefano Sandrone rehearse the life and labors of Andreas Vesalius and his influence on contemporary neuroscience; in offering the modern reader a new and lively translation of De humani corporis fabrica libri septi (1543), Book 7, the authors make an outstanding contribution to scholarship and the history of neuroscience that is much to be admired. --Professor Alastair Compston, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University Neurology, Cambridge, UK "What a rich celebration of Andreas Vesalius' birth half a millennium ago! Vesalius, the father of modern anatomy, and the history of neuroanatomy ever since the appearance of his stunning atlas of human anatomy in 1543, come to life in this highly readable and richly illustrated volume, which also contains the authors' translation of Vesalius' text." --Professor Willem J. M. Levelt, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands "From Vesalius, Renaissance pioneer of human dissection, to contemporary MRI pictures of the connectome, this gorgeously illustrated book retraces five centuries of efforts to map the human brain. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of neuroscience and its modern-day developments." --Professor Stainslas DeHaene, College de France, Paris, France "This is a delightfully readable book. The authors combine the colorful biography of Vesalius with a lucid translation of his revolutionary anatomical discoveries. The lavishly illustrated volume also offers keen insights into the history of neuroscience as it was being transformed by Vesalius and his contemporaries from a philosophical into an empirical field of inquiry." --Professor Marsel Mesulam, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL "Brain Renaissance epitomizes Calvino's points on why we should read classics. The authors make Vesalius reaching out to us from the pages of this captivating volume like a clued-up old friend, conversing unflappably on buttocks of the brain and the seat of the soul. As a result, we feel more erudite, and we could smugly assert that we have 're-read' such a great classic." --Professor Sergio Della Sala, Human Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, UK "In Brain Renaissance, neuroscientists Marco Catani and Stefano Sandrone present a translation from the Latin of the Fabrica's last volume, which focuses on the brain. Through it we can appreciate Vesalius's extraordinary attention to detail, and his willingness to believe his eyes, even when what he saw contradicted established knowledge." Nature "This book is a compact and historically important contribution of interest to historians of science, especially biology. But I feel it is even more valuable for those teaching neuroscience in all its guises and at whatever levels, in universities and medical schools. There are lots of lecture tidbits at the very least, helping put our modern conceits as part of a long journey to understand mind and behavior." --Gordon M. Burghardt, PsycCRITIQUES

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