Neurophilosophy

The idiot’s brain

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This print shows the “brain of someone described as an idiot”. Published in the Journal of Mental Science, the illustration is by George Edward Shuttleworth, who was Superintendent of the Royal Albert Asylum in Lancaster, U. K., between the years 1870-1893.

Shuttleworth’s drawing comes from a huge database of images released recently by the Wellcome Trust Library under a Creative Commons Licence. The database contains old and new images depicting 2,000 years of medical history and human culture.

(via Boing Boing)

Comments

  1. #1 js
    July 9, 2007

    Kudos on not cracking any easy jokes. I can see the inflammation of the creationism gyrus quite clearly, though.

  2. #2 Mo
    July 9, 2007

    Actually, I disagree with the diagnosis of idiot. Surely the enlarged creationism gyrus together with the under-developed frontal lobes makes him an imbecile.