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Dr. Henry Head's head and torso.

Nowadays, not many people read Brain on Head in Brain. That could change, because this year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Russell Brain’s mostly admiring six-page essay called Henry Head: A Man and His Ideas, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of Dr Head’s birth. Which means that this year we are, all of us, entitled to celebrate the 150th anniversary of that blessed event.

Dr Brain – who was also Lord Brain, Baron Brain of Eynsham – was editor of the journal Brain.

It would have been surprising had he not written that essay about Dr Head. That’s because Head preceded Brain (the man) as head (which is to say, editor) of the journal (the name of which, I repeat for clarity, is Brain)….

So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian.

BONUS: It’s Brains You Want

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