Why brains are beautiful

Why brains are beautiful Fergus Walsh Medical correspondent 16 February 2016 From the section Health comments Media captionbrainsWhen I picked up the human brain in my hands, several things ran through my mind. My immediate concern was I might drop it or that it would fall apart in my hands – fortunately neither happened.Second, I was struck by how light the human brain is. I should say this was half a brain – the right hemisphere – the left had already been sent for dissection. The intact human brain weighs only around 3lbs (1.5kg) – just 2% of body-weight, and yet it consumes 20% of its energy.The brain I was holding had been steeped in formalin, a preserving fluid, for about three weeks and is one of several hundred brains…


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