Christof Koch, Ph.D., from Allen Institute for Brain Science, a nonprofit research center in Seattle, can be heard below describing the quest to understand the human brain. There is hope that better understanding of components of the brain may lead to advances and breakthroughs, perhaps effective in understanding the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease.
It is amazing how little we know compared to how much we are willing to risk from an economic perspective.
I have been collecting stories that point to an interesting history of how our understanding of disease has evolved. The Anatomy of Melancholy although originally published in 1621 was translated from Latin to english in 1927--thought to be the most informative and easily read version. Based on the soon to be out-dated theory of humors, Burton described the black bile and ill-effect of melancholy on mental stability.
" We might forget how embodied are our “mental” disturbances and think it best to dope our brains with targeted pills, but in most cases and in our ordinary daily lives we know that our states of mind are deeply affected by the condition of our whole bodies, by what we eat, by how much we exercise or sleep – and by how well we are loved."--Noga Arikha
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