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English neurologist, born August 4, 1861, London; died October 8, 1940.


  • On the regulation of respiration.
    Journal of Physiology, Cambridge, 1889, 10: 1-70, 279-290.
    Demonstration of the action of the vagus in respiration.
  • On the disturbances of sensation, with special reference to the pain of visceral disease. Thesis for M.D.
    Brain, Oxford, 1893, 16: 1-133.
    Brain, Oxford, 1894, 17: 339-480.
    Brain, Oxford, 1896, 19: 153-276.
    German edition:
    Die Sensibilitätsstörungen der Haut bei Visceralerkrankungen.
    Translated by Friedrich Wilhelm Seiffer (1872-), with foreword by Julius Eduard Hitzig (1838-1907). Berlin, Hirschwald, 1898.
  • Sir Henry head and Alfred Walter Campbell (1868-1937):
    The pathology of herpes zoster and its bearing on sensory location.
    Brain, London, 1900, 23: 353-523.
    Head and Campbell showed herpes zoster to be a haemorrhagic inflammation of the posterior nerve roots and the homologous spinal ganglia.
  • The afferent nervous system from a new aspect. Written with William Halse Rivers (1864-1922) and James Sherren (1872-1945). Brain, London, 1905, 28: 99-115.
  • The consequences of injury to the peripheral nerves in man.
    Written with James Sherren. Brain, London, 1905, 28: 116-138.
  • William Halse Rivers and Sir Henry Head:
    A human experiment in nerve division.
    Brain, London, 1908, 31: 323-450.
    Head submitted to the the division of his own left radial and external cutaneous nerves. His subsequent study of the loss and restoration thus brought about, led to a reclassification of the sensory pathways.
  • Sir Henry Head and Harold Theodore Thompson (1878-1935):
  • The grouping of afferent impulses within the spinal cord.
    Brain, 1906, 29: 537-741.
  • Henry Head, G. M. Holmes:
    Sensory disturbances from cerebral lesions.
    Brain, 1911, 34: 102-254.
    First systematic account of the functions of the thalamus and its relationship to the cerebral cortex. Reprinted in Studies in Neurology, 1920.
  • Henry Head, G. M. Holmes:
    Sensory disturbances from cerebral lesions.
    Brain, 1911, 34: 102-254.
    Reprinted in Studies in Neurology, 1920.
    First systematic account of the functions of the thalamus and its relationship to the cerebral cortex.
  • Sir Henry Head, W. H. R. Rivers, Gordon Morgan Holmes, J. Sherren, H. T. Thompson, G. Riddoch:
    Studies in Neurology.
    2 volumes. London, H. Frowde, Hodder & Stoughton, 1920.
    Reprint, with modifications and additions, of seven papers published in the journal Brain between 1905 and 1918 by these authors.
  • Studies in Neurology.
    With William Halse Rivers. 2 volumes. London, 1920.
  • Aphasia and kindred disorders of speech.
    2 volumes. Cambridge University Press London, 1926.
    The most important work on the subject in the English language. Head’s theory of aphasia conceived the condition as being ”a disorder of symbolic formulation and expression. Reprinted 1963. Poems:
  • Pastoral. Published privately.
  • Spring Death. Published privately.
  • Songs of La Mouche and Other Verses. Published privately.
  • Destroyers and Other Verses.
    Oxford University Press, 1919; New York, 1919.
  • R. A. Henson:
    Henry Head: his influence on the development of ideas of sensation.
    British Medical Bulletin, London, 1977, 33: 91-96. Henry Head’s work on sensation.
    Brain, Oxford, 1961, 84: 535-550.
  • M. Critchley:
    Head’s contribution to aphasia.
    Brain, Oxford, 1961, 84: 551-560.
  • S. Trombley:
    All That Summer She Was Mad – Virginia Woolf and Her Doctors.
    London, Junction Books, 1981.
  • R. Brain:
    Henry Head: The man and his ideas.
    Brain, Oxford, 1961, 84: 561-569.

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