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April 28, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(17):1256-1257. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640440070023

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Study of the Brains of Eminent Scientists, Musicians, Statesmen and Scholars  Professor Maurer, the anatomist, of Jena, has described in an interesting article the brains of eminent men and women. Maurer, by reason of previous investigations, is especially well qualified for such researches. In a former letter I gave an account of his researches on the brain of Haeckel, which he described in the Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift. Maurer emphasizes that the first point to which importance attaches in the appreciation of the brains of great geniuses is weight, and, for this reason, many data have been published on brain weights, and some surprise and disappointment has, at times, been felt over the results—quite unwarrantedly, it would seem. Centers that serve bodily functions, if they are strongly developed, may help to produce a heavy brain, though the intellectual centers may be poorly developed. On the other hand, alongside highly developed intellectual

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