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Emil du Bois-Reymond on “The Seat of the Soul” (2014)


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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Authors & Contributors
Eling, Paul
Finkelstein, Gabriel W.
Paretti, Germana
De Palma, Armando
Biran, Maine de
Olsén, Jan Eric
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
British Journal for the History of Science
Polhem: Tidskrift för Teknikhistoria
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
The MIT Press
Leo S. Olschki
Plural Publishing, Inc.
Oxford University Press
Brain localization
Human physiology
Du Bois-Reymond, Emil Heinrich
Helmholtz, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von
Jackson, John Hughlings
Hitzig, Eduard
Gall, Franz Joseph
Broca, Paul
London (England)
Berlin (Germany)
Great Britain
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
18th century
Prussian Academy of Sciences

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