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Alcmaeon [Astro*Index]


(BC500-?) Born at Croton, in southern Italy, in the midst of the Pythagoreanism which he embraced.

He entertained mystical beliefs which represented the human body as a microcosm, reflecting the universe in macrocosm. He performed dissections of the human body, recording the optic nerve, the tubes connecting the ears and mouth (now called the Eustachian tubes), and both arteries and veins. He taught that intellectual activity was centered in the brain.

See also:
♦ Pythagoras


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