Double Portrait and Brain

I’ve got the brain on my mind lately. Every spare minute I read more of Patient H.M., a new book by Luke Dittrich. It delves behind the scenes in the development of ablative brain surgery during its ‘wild west’ beginnings, where there was not even a thought about informing the patient, most of whom had mental […]

Mind the Bumps

Phrenology is the study of bumps on the head. The word phrenology is made up of two Greek words: ϕρήυ, mind and λόγος, discourse. Therefore phrenology is the study of the mind.  Franz Joseph Gall (1758-1828), a German neuroanatomist and physiologist, postulated that the brain was the seat of the mind and that specific functions […]