Meninges: The Mother of the Brain-Etymological and Philosophical aspects

Authors

  • Akhlaque Hossain Khan Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Asifur Rahman Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Abu Saleh Md Abu Obaida Medical Officer, Department of Neurosurgery, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Urmeeta Dutta MS Neurosurgery Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Tauhidur Rahman MS Neurosurgery Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Sazzadul Bari MS Neurosurgery Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Alok Jha MS Neurosurgery Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Mohammad Mamun Ahmed MS Neurosurgery Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Sudip Barua MS Neurosurgery Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, National Institute of Neuroscience, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Tandin Wangyel Dorji MS Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Farheen Khan Anika Resident, Popular Medical College and Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Md Ashraful Islam MS Neurosurgery Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Monowar Morshed MS Neurosurgery Resident, Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Kanak Kanti Barua Professor and Former Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bjns.v12i1.64002

Keywords:

Dura mater, Arachnoid mater, Pia mater, Etymology

Abstract

The meninges are protective coverings around the whole central nervous system comprising of three layers, from outside inwards, Dura mater, Arachnoid mater and Pia mater. These three terms are derived from Latin, where ‘mater’ means mother. Why this motherhood has been implicated while naming these layers, carries a very interesting history and a strong philosophical background. Dura mater (Tough mother), Arachnoid mater (Spider-like mother) and Pia mater (Tender mother)-all of them cover the central nervous system and possess functional significance not less than that of a protective mother. Ancient Arabic scientists observed those facts and named them accordingly in Arabic. Later they were translated into Latin and are in practice till now. While studying various facts regarding the central nervous system, the etymology and philosophy of ‘maternalization of the meninges’ draws immense attention.

Bang. J Neurosurgery 2022; 12(1): 3-5

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Published

2023-09-04

How to Cite

Khan, A. H. ., Rahman, A. ., Obaida, A. S. M. A. ., Dutta, U. ., Rahman, T. ., Bari, S. ., Jha, A., Ahmed, M. M. ., Barua, S. ., Dorji, T. W. ., Anika, F. K. ., Islam, M. A. ., Morshed, M. ., & Barua, K. K. . (2023). Meninges: The Mother of the Brain-Etymological and Philosophical aspects. Bangladesh Journal of Neurosurgery, 12(1), 3–5. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjns.v12i1.64002

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