Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842) and his contributions to early neurosurgery

R. Shane Tubbs, Sheryl Riech, Ketan Verma, Martin M. Mortazavi, Marios Loukas, Brion Benninger, Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol

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The renowned surgeon, neuroanatomist, and artist Sir Charles Bell not only impacted the lives of his peers through his creative endeavors and passion for art, but also sparked noteworthy breakthroughs in the field of neuroscience. His empathetic nature and zest for life enabled him to develop an early proclivity for patient care. As a result of his innovative findings regarding sensory and motor nerves and the anatomical makeup of the brain, he accepted some of the most prestigious awards and received an honorable reputation in society. Bell is recognized for his diligence, perseverance, and his remarkable contributions to surgery. The present review will explore his contributions to the discipline now known as neurosurgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-335
Number of pages5
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Anatomy
  • Brain injuries
  • History of medicine
  • Neurosurgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Medicine(all)

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    Tubbs, R. S., Riech, S., Verma, K., Mortazavi, M. M., Loukas, M., Benninger, B., & Cohen-Gadol, A. A. (2012). Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842) and his contributions to early neurosurgery. Child's Nervous System, 28(3), 331-335.