Child's brain. Ventral (bottom) view of the brain of a young child, the front of the brain is at top. The spinal cord (lower centre) can be seen protruding above the brain. Either side of the spinal cord is the cerebellum, which controls motor function as well as maintenance of balance. The small organ at centre is the pituitary gland. This is an endocrine gland whose overall role is to regulate growth and metabolism.
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