Limbic system

The limbic system is a complex system that consists mainly of the limbic lobe, cortical areas and subcortical nuclei that have connections to the limbic lobe.

Key structures of the limbic system include:

The limbic system also involves connections with the midbrain and olfactory system

History and etymology

It was first called "le grand lobe limbique" by Pierre Paul Broca (1824-1880), a French physician, in 1878 3

Limbic is Latin for "border". In this case, the border is between the neocortex and the subcortical structures (diencephalon). 

Anatomy: Brain
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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: annotated MRI
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  • Figure 2: hippocampus and parahippocampal gyrus
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