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The study of the wonderful: the first topographical mapping of vision in the brain.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19064863     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The conception by René Descartes of the human brain, notorious as it is for placing the soul or mind in the pineal gland, had yet within it the basic idea of the brain as a highly organized mechanism with topographical sensory mapping and different functions localized in specific areas. Descartes was directly led to this idea by his appreciation of what the retinal image conceived by Johannes Kepler implied, not only for the nature of vision, but for the operation of the brain in general. The linkage between Kepler and Descartes is not widely appreciated but is one of the best examples of synergism in the history of science.
Ronald S Fishman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article; Portraits    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of ophthalmology     Volume:  126     ISSN:  1538-3601     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Ophthalmol.     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-09     Completed Date:  2008-12-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7706534     Medline TA:  Arch Ophthalmol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1767-73     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
History, 16th Century
History, 17th Century
Medical Illustration
Neuroanatomy / history
Neuropsychology / history
Ophthalmology / history*
Vision, Ocular*
Visual Perception*
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
René Descartes; Johannes Kepler

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