A Brief History of the Study of Neuroanatomy

  • Leonard W. Hamilton


It has been said that there is an anatomical instinct in man, perhaps even in animals (Singer, 1957). A working knowledge of anatomy can be very useful to predatory animals, and, in fact, some of the earliest cave paintings depict crude drawings of animals with arrows pointing to the region of the heart. Not too surprisingly, the two organs that have received the most sustained interest have been the heart and the brain—the two organs that represent the most vulnerable targets for attack. It was, perhaps, because of this common denominator that teachers such as Aristotle tended to view these organs as a functional pair; Aristotle believed that the brain served as a sort of radiator for cooling the blood.


Subcortical Structure Emotional Behavior Anterior Thalamic Nucleus Stereotaxic Instrument Cortical Mantle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonard W. Hamilton
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  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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