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Childs Nerv Syst. 2011 Jan;27(1):1-6. doi: 10.1007/s00381-010-1236-5.

The bishop and anatomist Niels Stensen (1638-1686) and his contributions to our early understanding of the brain.

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Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital, Birmingham, AL, USA.

Abstract

Many physicians are familiar with the parotid duct and the Danish physician/anatomist's name associated with it. However, most are unaware of Niels Stensen's life and his significant contributions to the early study of the brain. This physician of the Medici court was clearly ahead of his time and found errors in the publications of such giants as Varolius and Willis. The present review discusses the life of this seventeenth century anatomist, physician, and priest/bishop and highlights his contributions to neuroanatomy.

PMID:
20700741
DOI:
10.1007/s00381-010-1236-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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