Bmj Usa: Editor's Choice

The brain

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E106

This article originally appeared in BMJ USA

Every organ is a masterwork in complexity, but the brain is the most enigmatic. It is not just the maze of neural pathways and the mystery of how they integrate sensation, motor control, and balance to operate the body. Nor is it the miracle by which the fetal prosencephalon grows into an object that reasons, writes symphonies, and designs skyscrapers. The greatest enigma is the mind, assuming it is in the brain. In what sulcus resides our personality, the memory of our mothers' cooking, the instinct of which way to turn when we are lost, our sense of humor, dignity, and pride in our children?

Someday we will know …

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