Wilder Brains

Over four decades ago the brain of Professor Burt Green Wilder of Cornell conceived the idea that much could be learned about the functioning of the human brain if a collection of brains were established for comparative study. He announced the institution of the collection and invited contributions, especially from men of intellect. Naturally he willed his own brain to the collection. In 1925 he died and his thinking apparatus was carefully preserved in alcohol.

Dr. James W. Papez, curator of the Wilder collection, last week announced...

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