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Neurol Sci. 2013 Mar;34(3):387-91. doi: 10.1007/s10072-012-1111-0. Epub 2012 May 9.

Brain and aviation: on the 80th anniversary of Constantin von Economo's (1876-1931) death.

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  • 1Department of Ethics and Human Philosophy, Medical University of Lublin, Szkolna 18, 20-124 Lublin, Poland.


2011 marks the 80th anniversary of the death of Constantin Alexander von Economo who conducted advanced research on the cytoarchitectonics of the brain. This Austrian neurologist and the pioneer of aviation described encephalitis lethargica, discovered the spindle neurons, and postulated the existence of the sleep and wakefulness centre in the brain. What is more he realized two of the biggest dreams of humankind: conquering space and getting to know the secrets of the human brain.

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