Neurophilosophy

Archives for February, 2008

My Flickr photoblog

I’ve just set up a Flickr photoblog, and am in the process of uploading my photographs. I have also installed a Flickr widget in the sidebar on the left; this displays 5 random photos. If you’re into photography, please do take a look at my pics. I haven’t uploaded many, but feel free to comment…

Another gruesome vid: lobotomy

Here’s some fascinating footage from 1942, showing Drs. James Watts and Walter Freeman performing a prefrontal leucotomy. The footage accompanies a short article called Lobotomy Revisited, and, like last week’s trepanation film clip, is not for the squeamish.) The procedure shown in the film is the Freeman-Watts Standard Procedure, which had been in use since…

Encephalon returns

As I mentioned recently, Alvaro has taken over as organiser of Encephalon, and he’s just posted the latest edition of the carnival, which has two dozen entries on a wide of variety of neuroscience topics. I especially like this one about the hidden neuroanatomical images in Renaissance paintings (or lack thereof). The next edition of…

Psycho shower curtain

The great filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock had a profound insight into the workings of the human mind. “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it,” he once said, and the shower scene from Psycho, demonstrates this perfectly. This scene is one of the most shocking ever filmed. Yet, it does not…

Trepanation film clip

The 3-minute film clip below is definitely not for the squeamish. It comes from a documentary called A Hole in the Head, made in 1998, and shows a Kisi medicine man performing the “operation of the skulls“.

Brain transplant

Alvaro has kindly agreed to take over as organizer of Encephalon, the neuroscience carnival which I started back in August 2006. He has set up a new homepage for the carnival, and will be hosting the next edition this coming Monday at SharpBrains. If you’d like to contribute, send permalinks to your neuroscience and/or psychology…

Bioephemera et al

I’m very pleased to announce that Bioephemera has just moved to ScienceBlogs. This fantastic blog is a curiosity box of wonderful things, such as this nineteenth century wax anatomical model by Clemente Susini, of a man’s head and neck, which shows the brain’s superficial blood vessels and the branches of the trigeminal and hypoglossal nerves.…

I can’t give medical advice

Every so often, I get an email from someone who is seeking advice on some medical issue. For example, I received this short message a few days ago: I just came across your report on Risperdal, and was wondering what your take is on a 3 year old taking Seroquel? How about a dosage of…

Ouch!

(Photo from National Geographic) A young victim of Kenya’s post-election violence waits at a hospital in Nakuru to have an arrow removed from the back of his skull. The ethnic conflicts have claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people, and the country now faces a humanitarian crisis, with about 310,000 people from the eastern…

The New York Times and Washington Post have stories on the appearance of a mysterious neurological illness in workers at a pig slaughterhouse in the southeastern Minnesota town of Austin. The condition has been named progressive inflammatory neuropathy (PIN), and has so far been reported in 6 men and 6 women, all of whom complained…