Desert Dream by Cindy Leaney
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Modern neuroscience has its roots with ancients who began gleaning information about brain function by studying patients who had something going very wrong inside their cranium. indd 32 7/10/14 2:47 PM Mind/Brain the brain. Given the virile vigor of the beating heart constantly rattling its cage when compared to the goopy brain, which to an untrained eye did not appear to do anything, one can easily forgive the earliest clinicians for making this error. Hippocrates, the Greek, fourth century BC father of all physicians, set the record straight.
Indd 38 7/10/14 2:47 PM Mind/Brain to understand the function of a wide variety of molecular messengers called neurotransmitters. Some were blood-borne hormones acting over long distances; others were local agents never straying far from home. For example, hormones such as testosterone, insulin, estrogen, and thyroxin (from the thyroid) can profoundly affect emotions, mood, and mental functioning, even though they are secreted by organs distant from the brain. Local agents such as dopamine, epinephrine, and serotonin in tiny doses can initiate seismic shifts in a person’s emotional tenor and intellectual clarity.
The architect Donato Bramante was occupied with the erection of St. Peter’s Basilica. Leonardo failed to land a lucrative commission. Another factor was that Leonardo was engrossed in human dissection at this time, and his work did not go unnoticed. ” This and other reports of his time spent with rotting corpses so displeased the Pope that it increasingly appeared Leonardo’s hopes for success in Rome would come to naught. Yet once again, fate intervened. The young French king Francis I had been so impressed with Leonardo when he’d spent time with him in Milan that he invited the aging master to come live with him in France and be his court artist.