Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: medulla oblongata

  • Costanzo Varolio, who described the pons

    The pons is a broad band of nerve fibers linking the medulla oblongata and cerebellum with the midbrain. It serves to relay messages sent downstream from the cerebral cortex to the cerebellum, the medulla, and the spinal cord. Shaped as a protuberance resembling a bridge with the brainstem flowing under it like a canal, the…