Henry Charlton Bastian

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Portrait of Bastian published in The Popular Science Monthly in 1875

Henry Charlton Bastian (26 April 1837 in Truro, Cornwall, England – 17 November 1915 in Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire) was an English physiologist and neurologist. Fellow of Royal Society in 1868.

Bastian graduated in 1861 at the University of London.

He was an advocate of the doctrine of archebiosis. He believed he witnessed the spontaneous generation of living organisms out of non living matter under his microscope.


  • Monograph of the Anguillulidae (1865)
  • The Beginnings of Life: being some account of the nature, modes of origin and transformation of lower organisms, I–II (1872)
  • The Brain as an Organ of Mind (1880)
  • The "muscular sense" its nature and cortical localisation (1887) [1]
  • A Treatise on Aphasia and Other Speech Defects (1898)

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  1. ^ Bastian, Henry Charlton (1887). "The "muscular sense" its nature and cortical localisation". Brain. 10 (1): 1–89. doi:10.1093/brain/10.1.1.

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