Post Galenic Historic Concept on the Structure and Function of Cranial Nerves

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Jorge Eduardo Duque Parra; John Barco Ríos & Luz Estela Quintero Bedoya


A historical analysis of ideas about beliefs and concepts that people had about cranial nerve at different times from Galen in the second century was realized, making comparisons between the different contributions and names given to these neural structures. We found that with the development and progression of different ideas and experimental demonstrations, a more clear and precise understanding of the neuroanatomical and functional elements of the nervous system was accomplished , in addition to the total number of cranial nerves that actually exist, which propagate nerve impulses to and from the central nervous system.

KEY WORDS: History; Nerves; Cranial nerves.

How to cite this article

DUQUE, P. J. E.; BARCO, R. J. & QUINTERO, B. L. E. Post Galenic historic concept on the structure and Function of Cranial Nerves. Int. J. Morphol., 33(4):1273-1276, 2015.