The bishop and anatomist Niels Stensen (1638-1686) and his contributions to our early understanding of the brain

R. Shane Tubbs, Martin M. Mortazavi, Mohammadali Mohajel Shoja, Marios Loukas, Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol

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Many physicians are familiar with the parotid duct and the Danish physician/anatomist's name associated with it. However, most are unaware of Niels Stensen's life and his significant contributions to the early study of the brain. This physician of the Medici court was clearly ahead of his time and found errors in the publications of such giants as Varolius and Willis. The present review discusses the life of this seventeenth century anatomist, physician, and priest/bishop and highlights his contributions to neuroanatomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • Brain anatomy
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Stensen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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