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The animal spirit doctrine and the origins of neurophysiology

Author: C U M Smith; Oxford University Press.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This title examines the history of Western attempts to explain how messages might be sent from the sense organs to the brain and from the brain to the muscles. It focuses on a construct called animal spirit, which would permeate philosophy and guide physiology and medicine for over two millennia.
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Animal spirit doctrine and the origins of neurophysiology.
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011037109
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: C U M Smith; Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 0199950261 9780199950263
OCLC Number: 1062934568
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 277 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Section 1: The Doctrine Introduced ; Introduction ; Chronology ; Chapter 1: Psyche and soma ; Chapter 2: Alexandria and Hellenistic psychophysiology ; Section 2: The Doctrine Established ; Introduction ; Chronology ; Chapter 3: Biblical anima-spirit ; Chapter 4: The Islamic Ascendancy ; Chapter 5: Animal spirit in an age of Faith ; Section 3: The Doctrine Questioned ; Introduction ; Chronology ; Chapter 6: Descartes ; Chapter 7: Experiment and observation ; Chapter 8: Theory and argument ; Section 4: The Doctrine in Retreat ; Introduction ; Chronology ; Chapter 9: Vibrations and subtle fluids ; Chapter 10: Animal spirit in action ; Chapter 11: Non-spiritual physiology I: <"Physic>" rather than <"Psychic <" Functions ; Chapter 12 Non-spiritual physiology II: Irritable fibers ; Section 5: The Doctrine Discarded ; Introduction ; Chronology ; Chapter 13: The increasingly electrical world ; Chapter 14: Electric fishes and the path to animal electricity ; Chapter 15: From Fish to Frogs and nerve Electricity ; Epilogue ; Bibliography ; Index
Other Titles: Animal spirit doctrine and the origins of neurophysiology (Online)
Responsibility: C.U.M. Smith [and others].

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For millennia, the activity of the nervous system was believed to be due to indwelling animal spirit. This book describes the rise, development, apex, and slow decline of this idea, and its  Read more...

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