Excerpt from The British and Foreign Medico-Chirurgical Review, or Quarterly Journal of Practical Medicine and Surgery, Vol. 12: July-October, 1853
The unremitting attention which Dr. Carpenter has devoted to the Physiology of the Nervous System would, under any circumstances, render the latest views he entertains in this branch of medical philosophy of much interest; but when we find it expressly stated in the preface to the current edition of his Principles of Human Physiology, that the chapter devoted to it is the result of special and laborious research, and that it contains the more matured fruits of his inquiries and reﬂections, we feel that little in the way of apology is due to our readers for bringing these Views under their notice, and subject ing them to critical inquiry. It is not ssible to overrate the value of this department of Physiology; for whether the study 0 the functions of the nervous system be consid ered simpl as a branch of medical science in relation to the patholo and treatment of diseases 0 the nervous system, or in its relations to the study 0 human nature, and therefore to Mental Philosoph and Morals, the extent of its social and professional im portance seems incalculable. We shall first state Dr. Carpenter's views as much in detail as our narrow limits will permit, and then anal so more particularly his views as to the functions of the cerebrum and the great gang ionic centres within the encephalon - the acknowledged seat of mental Operations.
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