Emil du Bois-Reymond on "The Seat of the Soul"

Journal of the History of the Neurosciences 23 (1):45-55 (2014)
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The German pioneer of electrophysiology, Emil du Bois-Reymond (1818–1896), is generally assumed to have remained silent on the subject of the brain. However, the archive of his papers in Berlin contains manuscript notes to a lecture on “The Seat of the Soul” that he delivered to popular audiences in 1884 and 1885. These notes demonstrate that cerebral localization and brain function in general had been concerns of his for quite some time, and that he did not shy away from these subjects.



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Gabriel Finkelstein
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