The Nervous System in Antiquity
This overview of the development of the nervous system in antiquity, shows that whereas neuroanatomy had its heyday in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC (the Alexandrian School) and was later consolidated by Galen in the 2nd century AD, neurophysiology remained largely mired in erroneous concepts. While the descriptions of neurological disease often produced quite apt clinical pictures, poor understanding of pathophysiology resulted in ineffectual therapy.
François Pieter Retief, University of the Free State
Louise Cilliers, University of the Free State
Medical history; Neuroanatomy; Neurology
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South African Medical Journal 2008;98(10):768.
Date submitted: 2007-05-27
Date published: 2008-10-08
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