Thomas Willis: ANATOMY OF THE BRAIN AND NERVESWe are delighted to offer you a facsimile of Thomas Willis's THE ANATOMY OF THE BRAIN AND NERVES, with the famous Christopher Wren anatomical figures. First published in Latin in 1664, the book was quickly recognized by Willis's contemporaries as being a landmark contribution to neuroanatomy, a fame that was later enhanced by its first appearance in the first English language edition in 1681, which we here reproduce in its entirety.
Medical historian Kenneth Dewhurst has commented, " it is the sphere of experimental medicine rather than clinical medicine the Thomas Willis reigned supreme. And in spite of erecting many hypotheses which turned out to e false assumptions, this scientific approach caused Willis to make many diverse contributions to medicine, including arterial anastomosis at the base of the brain which still goes by his name. His research in anatomy, physiology, pathology, surgery, therapeutics, and chemistry all stemmed from clinical investigations. It was this propensity to seek out the hidden causes of disease, which was the mainspring of Thomas Willis's endeavor and the source of his signal achievements. "
Garrison and Morton called THE ANATOMY OF THE BRAIN AND NERVES, "the most complete and accurate account of the nervous system which had hitherto appeared." Professor William Feindel called the book, " a landmark in the history of neurology, setting off the transition between medical and modern notions of brain functions." Thomas Willis's THE ANATOMY OF THE BRAIN AND NERVES was the first book published in The Classics of Neurology & Neurosurgery Library, when it was launched nearly 30 years ago, a further testament to our Editorial Advisory Board's belief that it is a signature work in the Library.
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