Zippy on the brain

Yesterday’s Zippy:

Neurology is different in Dingburg.

Then there’s the name Pons Varoli.

From Wikipedia:

The pons … is part of the brainstem that links the medulla oblongata and the thalamus. In full it is pons Varolii named using the Latin word for “bridge” and after the Italian anatomist and surgeon Costanzo Varolio (1543–75). It is cranial to the medulla oblongata, caudal to the midbrain, and ventral to the cerebellum. In humans and other bipeds, this means it is above the medulla, below the midbrain, and anterior to the cerebellum. This white matter includes tracts that conduct signals from the cerebrum down to the cerebellum and medulla, and tracts that carry the sensory signals up into the thalamus.

… The pons contains nuclei that relay signals from the forebrain to the cerebellum, along with nuclei that deal primarily with sleep, respiration, swallowing, bladder control, hearing, equilibrium, taste, eye movement, facial expressions, facial sensation, and posture.

Treasure your pons.

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