May 2013 – European Month of the Brain

Led by the European Commission, organisations and individuals throughout Europe are being encouraged to focus on the power and mystery of the brain during May 2013, designated European Month of the Brain. Attention will be given to increasing the profile of brain diseases such as multiple sclerosis and dementia and to neuroscience and the importance of collaboration and research. Events will include a conference held here in Dublin under the Irish Presidency of the EU and talks and seminars in NEIL: Neuro-Enhancement for Independent Lives.

The brain has been widely studied over the centuries and Helen McGinley from the Department of Early Printed Books and Special Collections has chosen a small selection of texts from the Old Library to illustrate this.

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Andrew Marshal: The morbid anatomy of the brain in mania and hydrophobia …, London, 1815. Shelfmark: K.i.14 no.2

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Thomas Ignatius Maria Forster Sketch of the new anatomy and physiology of the brain and nervous system of Drs. Gall and Spurzheim …, London, 1816. Shelfmark: P.ll.53 no.2