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(ălk-mē′ən) fl. sixth century bc.
Greek physician and philosopher. He was the first known anatomist and probably the first to perform scientific dissections of human bodies.
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Alkmaion's discovery that brain creates mind: A revolution in human knowledge comparable to that of Copernicus and of Darwin.
The most economical evocation of this problem is the quote by Isocrates: "For some there is an infinite number of beings, for Empedocles there are four, for Ion just three, for Alkmaion two, for Parmenides and Melissos one, and for Gorgias none at all" (quoted in Dies 11).
His small son Alkmaion (unlabeled) begs him to stay.