The brains of dead Russian geniuses

What makes a man a genius? Russian neuroscientists were pondering this exactly this question in the early 1900s and did exactly what seemed sensible at the time - they collected and dissected the brains of some of the greatest cultural figures in a huge collection called 'The Pantheon of Brains'.

It's a fascinating story told in a recent article published in the medical journal Brain. Amazingly, the last brain was only added in 1989.

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