Aaron Boes, University of Iowa (IMAGE) University of Iowa Health Care Caption With a finding that will 'rewrite neuroanatomy textbooks,' University of Iowa neurologist Aaron Boes, MD, PhD, and his colleagues show that the thalamus is not a critical part of the brain pathway involved in keeping humans awake and conscious. The findings could lead to better targets for treating coma and other disorders of consciousness. Credit University of Iowa Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.