History of understanding the brain images

How did we try and understand the brain before things like magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography were developed? View our images below – all free for you to use in your classroom – to find out

Image research and captions by Nancy Wilkinson, adapted from Wellcome Collection.

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Inside the Brain’ in January 2013 and reviewed and updated in November 2017.

Neuroscience, History
Inside the Brain
Education levels:
16–19, Continuing professional development