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September 1997

The Cerebral VentriclesFrom Soul to Sink

Author Affiliations

From the Department of the History of the Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco.

Arch Neurol. 1997;54(9):1158-1162. doi:10.1001/archneur.1997.00550210086018

The early concept that the cerebral ventricles harbor the soul began to break down only in the Renaissance. Thanks to determined anatomical studies and physiological considerations regarding the role played by the cerebrospinal fluid, the function of the ventricles was reduced to merely being a receptacle for metabolic waste.