Sunday, February 20, 2005

Figure C


Pneumo-encephalogram of person with psychosis, 1935

This is the earliest known brain image of a person with schizophrenia. The pneumoencephalographic process requires cerebrospinal fluid to be drained from the area around the brain and replaced with air, which allows the brain structure to become visible on x-rays.


Caron said...

And the person was alive when this was done? Yikes.

Vila H. said...

The procedure is, apparently, extremely painful. I think that qualifies as an understatement.