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"The Soul Made Flesh": An Introduction to the Nervous System

by Michelle Stanley

Th. WillisWhere do emotions reside? (Where is the 'soul' embodied?) For many years, the heart was considered the source of all emotions. In this case study, student follow Thomas Willis, who built on William Harvey's work on circulation and shifted focus to the brain in the late 1600s. Major NOS elements include:

  • conceptual change
  • science, class and gender
  • role of social interactions in science
  • ethics of experimentation

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