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Knit, purl, medulla oblongata

The warp and weft of weaving yarn into brains

Elie Dolgin
In the mid-1990s, child psychiatrist linkurl:Karen Norberg;http://healthpolicy.wustl.edu/medadmin/chpolicy.nsf/0ee53e934810efcd86256a94005e5f7d/bba6ed2708d8524a862574800050e79a?OpenDocument was working the night shift in a hospital emergency room, and she was struggling to stay attentive during the frequent evening lulls. So she turned to a tried and tested hobby for whiling away long hours: knitting. She wasn't fashioning sweaters or darning socks, however. Instead, she harked back to her training in neuroscience. "I decided that a particularly absurd thing to do would be to knit a brain," she said.
Karen Norberg's Knitted Brain

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Once she started, she couldn't stop. The knitting migrated from a late-night time-killer to an after-work obsession. "I would rush home from work and say, 'Oh, I think I'll work on the corpus callosum tonight,'" Norberg, now a research instructor in psychiatry at Washington University's Center for Health Policy...
Sarah Maloney's Brain, 2007
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Sarah Maloney's Brain, 1999
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Marjorie Taylor's Mark's Brain
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__Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art__



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