Over 100 Years of Brain Imagery

The human brain is a complex wonderland of blood vessels, neurons, axons, and dendrites. Thanks to a century of technological advancements, there are myriad possibilities available to navigate this extraordinary organ. Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century is a new book by Carl Schoonover a PhD candidate in neuroscience at Columbia University that details this fascinating technological evolution. Take a look at The Atlantic’s slideshow of phrenology models, Golgi stains, diffusion MRI images and other selections from Schoonover’s book.

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