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Paul Broca
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Doctor
    (June 28, 1824-July 9, 1890)
    Born in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, France
    Birth name was Pierre Paul Broca
    Physician, anatomist, and anthropologist
    Found that patients with aphasia had lesions in a region of the left frontal lobe of the brain
    Region named Broca’s area
    He claimed the different human races were separate species.
    He argued that blacks were an intermediate species between apes and more advanced Europeans.
    He justified European colonialism as civilizing barbaric races.
    He earned a bachelor’s degree at age 16 and graduated from medical school at age 20.
    He opposed slavery.
    He provided the first anatomical proof that the functions of the brain are localized.
    The discovery of Broca’s area advanced the understanding of both brain structure and language.

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