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The animal spirit doctrine and the origins of neurophysiology

Author: C U M Smith; et al
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C U M Smith; et al
ISBN: 9780199766499 0199766495
OCLC Number: 940570042
Description: xiv, 277 p. : illustrations ; 29 cm
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
Responsibility: C.U.M. Smith ... [et al.].

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