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Portraits of the Mind (4 photos)

Portraits of the Mind (4 photos)

 © Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman. Above: Photomicrograph of a neuron’s cell body (top, center) and its dendrites radiating out of it, obtained with a scanning electron microscope.

On Monday, November 1, 2010, Abrams will release Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century By Carl Schoonover; Foreword by Jonah Lehrer. Portraits of the Mind follows the fascinating history of our exploration of the brain through images, from medieval sketches and 19th-century drawings by the founder of modern neuroscience to images produced using state-of-the-art techniques, allowing us to see the fantastic networks in the brain as never before.

© Henning U. Voss and Nicholas D. Schiff. Above: Diffusion MRI image of a patient who has suffered a stroke in the thalamus. This has resulted in major disruptions to certain axon tracts, some of which are visible at the bottom of the figure.

 © Michael Hendricks and Suresh Jesuthasan. Above: Photomicrograph of the molecular scaffolding of axons.

 Above ©Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman. Photomicrograph of different components of the rat cerebellum, including Purkinje neurons in green, glia (non-neuronal cells) in red, and cell nuclei in blue.

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