Bad Brains in Jars

April 9, 2013 | Marina Galperina

One-hundred human brains from patients of the Texas State Mental Hospital. In jars of fluid. Numbered. Labeled with the specifications of their malformalities. Stacked in a storage closet. Untouched for thirty years.

That’s what photographer Adam Voorhes found when Scientific American magazine sent him to the University of Texas at Austin to borrow “a normal human brain.” He’s planning to make a book out of his documentation. The university is now making MRI scans of their jars of brains. It’s a bit overwhelming.