Imagining the Brain: Episodes in the History of Brain Research

Imagining the Brain: Episodes in the History of Brain Research

1st Edition - December 1, 2018
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  • Editors: Chiara Ambrosio, William Maclehose
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128142578
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128142585

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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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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 343
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: December 1, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128142578
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128142585

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