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Imagining the Brain: Episodes in the History of Brain Research - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128142578, 9780128142585

Imagining the Brain: Episodes in the History of Brain Research, Volume 243

1st Edition

Editors: Chiara Ambrosio William Maclehose
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128142578
eBook ISBN: 9780128142585
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st December 2018
Page Count: 343
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Table of Contents

Part 1. Imagining the brain between body and soul
1. Ventricular localization in late antiquity: The philosophical and theological roots of an enduring model of brain function
Jessica Wright
2. The pathological and the normal: Mapping the brain in medieval medicine
William MacLehose
3. Imagining the soul: Thomas Willis (1621–1675) on the anatomy of the brain and nerves
Alexander Wragge-Morley
4. Gaetano Zumbo’s anatomical wax model: From skull to cranium
Rose Marie San Juan

Part 2. Representing the brain and the nervous system: Styles, media, practices
5. The nervous system and the anatomy of expression: Sir Charles Bell’s anatomical watercolours
Brendan Clarke and Chiara Ambrosio
6. Gertrude Stein’s modernist brain
Chiara Ambrosio
7. Imagining the brain as a book. Oskar and Cécile Vogt’s "library of brains"
Chantal Marazia and Heiner Fangerau
8. Pinpricks: Needling, numbness, and temporalities of pain
Lan A. Li

Part 3. Inside the brain: Arguments and evidence in the making of the modern neurosciences
9. From images to physiology: A strange paradox at the origin of modern neuroscience
Paolo Mazzarello
10. One, no-one and a hundred thousand brains: J.C. Eccles, J.Z. Young and the establishment of the neurosciences (1930s–1960s)
Fabio De Sio
11. Seeing patterns in neuroimaging data
Jessey Andrew Kenneth Wright


Progress in Brain Research series, highlights new advances in the field, with this new volume presenting interesting chapters. Each chapter is written by an international board of authors.

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  • Provides the authority and expertise of leading contributors from an international board of authors
  • Presents the latest release in the Progress of Brain Research series
  • Updated release includes the latest information on the Imagining the Brain: Episodes in the Visual History of Brain Research


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About the Editors

Chiara Ambrosio

Chiara Ambrosio is an Associate Professor in History and Philosophy of Science at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London. She has worked extensively on the visual cultures of science in relation to the visual arts, especially in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is an expert on American Pragmatism and particularly the philosophy of Charles S. Peirce. Her research integrates historical work on images and artefacts across art and science with a philosophical investigation on the nature and role of representations in scientific practice.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chiara Ambrosio Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science Department of Science and Technology Studies University College London

William Maclehose

William MacLehose is Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science at UCL’s department of Science and Technology Studies. He is a historian of medieval medicine and culture, with a focus on the relation between medicine and religion in the central middle ages. He is the author of ‘A Tender Age’: Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries (Columbia University Press, 2009) and is currently working on a study of sleep and its pathologies in medieval culture.

Affiliations and Expertise

William MacLehose Lecturer in History of Science and Medicine Department of Science and Technology Studies University College London