Malpighi – Neural Development

Change of pace, today. Many of my posts lately have been devoted to creativity and the visual arts. I am also working on an introductory volume of neuroanatomy with my colleague, Andrew Lautin, MD. Today’s post is about one of the early contributors to neuroanatomy. Marcello Malpighi (1628 – 1694), was a 17th century Italian […]

Flexible Neural Tube

Several days ago I mentioned the work of Wilhelm His, who modeled the neural tube after a flexible rubber tube. He noted that a rubber tube could be manipulated into forms that resembled the neural tube of the chick embryo, at various stages by pulling strings attached to certain places on the rubber tube. The […]

Balloon Brain

I started blogging in order to share some of my experiences as the brother of a severely autistic, low functioning and nonverbal person. I grew up in a time where little was known about autism and there was very little support available in the community for autistic individuals, their siblings or their parents.  I was […]