Portraits of the Mind: Brain Cells Under Microscope

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Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century By Carl Schoonover is a book that is to be released on November 1. 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.

Below is a small preview from the upcoming book.


Photomicrograph of a neuron’s cell body (top, center) and its dendrites radiating out of it, obtained with a scanning electron microscope.

Photomicrograph of the molecular scaffolding of axons.


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


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.

[via PDN]


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