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Leonardo da Vinci: the search for the soul.
J Neurosurg. 1998 Nov; 89(5):874-87.JN

Abstract

The human race has always contemplated the question of the anatomical location of the soul. During the Renaissance the controversy crystallized into those individuals who supported the heart ("cardiocentric soul") and others who supported the brain ("cephalocentric soul") as the abode for this elusive entity. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) joined a long list of other explorers in the "search for the soul." The method he used to resolve this anatomical problem involved the accumulation of information from ancient and contemporary sources, careful notetaking, discussions with acknowledged experts, and his own personal search for the truth. Leonardo used a myriad of innovative methods acquired from his knowledge of painting, sculpture, and architecture to define more clearly the site of the "senso comune"--the soul. In this review the author examines the sources of this ancient question, the knowledge base tapped by Leonardo for his personal search for the soul, and the views of key individuals who followed him.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Neurosurgery, London Health Sciences Centre, University of Western Ontario, Canada. valerie.denomme@lhsc.on.ca

Pub Type(s)

Biography
Historical Article
Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

9817431

Citation

Del Maestro, R F.. "Leonardo Da Vinci: the Search for the Soul." Journal of Neurosurgery, vol. 89, no. 5, 1998, pp. 874-87.
Del Maestro RF. Leonardo da Vinci: the search for the soul. J Neurosurg. 1998;89(5):874-87.
Del Maestro, R. F. (1998). Leonardo da Vinci: the search for the soul. Journal of Neurosurgery, 89(5), 874-87.
Del Maestro RF. Leonardo Da Vinci: the Search for the Soul. J Neurosurg. 1998;89(5):874-87. PubMed PMID: 9817431.
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