Einstein Brain Slices Display on Museum of Philadelpia

Are you curious about how the form of Albert Einstein's brain? Take a fly to Philadelphia. There, 46 pieces of the brain of the inventor of the Theory of Relativity was displayed for the first time.

Einstein's brain display at the Mutter Museum of Philadelphia and the Library History of Medicine. According to museum curator, Anna Dhody, these pieces will be shown for nine workdays. Publics can see 45 pieces of brain and an enlarged one piece under the lens.

Einstein's brain slices traveled a long and strange since Einstein's death in 1955 at 76 years old. This strange tale begins when a pathologist, Thomas Harvey, removed the physicist's brain according to the autopsy procedure. Somehow, he failed to put the brain back to origin place.

 To the public, Harvey later admitted that Einstein's son give permission to take the brain of the scientist. However, Einstein's family denies this claim.

Harvey then lost his job due to Einstein's brain scandal. However, he still keeps Einstein's brain. Over the years, Harvey would like to send this brain to a neurologist to examine and understand whether there are specific brain structures that made Einstein so brilliantly.

Harvey then ever does something in Philadelphia and asking for help of a skilled technician who can slice the brain. "All brain slices (Einstein) is done in Philadelphia."

As the sense of 'thank you' to the Philadelphia expert pathological, William Ehrich, who lends his laboratory, Harvey gave him a box of 46 super-thin slices of Einstein's brain. Size of brain slices is only 20-50 microns. For comparison, the diameter of a human hair is about 100 microns.

When Ehrich died in 1967, his widow gave the pieces of this brain to a local doctor, Allen Steinberg who then forwards again to Lucy Rorke-Adams, a senior neurologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Recently, Rorke-Adams decided to give Einstein brain slices to the Mutter Museum which is managed College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

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