Sir Henry Head, FRS (Stoke Newington, 4 August 1861 – Reading, 8 October 1940) was an English neurologist who conducted pioneering work into the somatosensory system and sensory nerves. Much of this work was conducted on himself, in collaboration with the psychiatrist W. H. R. Rivers, by severing and reconnecting sensory nerves and mapping how sensation returned over time.
One of his most ground-breaking studies on this subject was A human experiment in nerve division.
- Head’s biography [J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2000]
- A human experiment in nerve division [Brain]
- On A human experiment in nerve division [Brain]
- Eponyms [Whonamedit]
- Approaches to the study of sensing [Encyclopaedia Britannica]
- The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square [UCL Hospitals]
- Photography of Henry Head
- Casualty 1909 [BBC Drama]