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Diagram of base of brain with optic nerves, 1573

Diagram of base of brain with optic nerves, 1573

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Diagram of base of brain with optic nerves, 1573

Diagram showing the layout of the base of a human brain. This illustration appeared in " De nervis opticis nonnullisque aliis praeter communen opinionem in humano capite observatis" by Constanzo Varolio, published at Padua in 1573. Of interest are the eyes and optic nerves, the cerebellum (cross-hatched area at bottom) and the medulla oblongata (vertical line shading just below centre)

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Optic Nerve Brain

This print showcases a remarkable historical artwork from 1573, depicting a detailed diagram of the base of the human brain. The illustration, featured in Constanzo Varolio's groundbreaking publication "De nervis opticis nonnullisque aliis praeter communen opinionem in humano capite observatis, " provides an intriguing insight into our understanding of anatomy during that era. At the forefront of this image are the eyes and optic nerves, meticulously depicted to highlight their significance in transmitting visual information to the brain. These delicate structures serve as a reminder of the intricate complexity that underlies our ability to perceive and interpret the world around us. The cerebellum, represented by cross-hatching at the bottom, stands out as another focal point within this composition. Known for its crucial role in motor control and coordination, it serves as a testament to early anatomical discoveries regarding its function. Just below center lies the medulla oblongata, distinguished by vertical line shading. This vital part of our brainstem plays an essential role in regulating autonomic functions such as breathing and heart rate. As we delve into this mesmerizing piece of artistry merged with scientific exploration, we gain appreciation for how far our knowledge has evolved over centuries. Science Photo Library brings forth yet another gem from history that not only fascinates but also reminds us of humanity's relentless pursuit to unravel nature's mysteries through art and science.

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