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Minds behind the brain : a history of the pioneers and their discoveries

Author: Stanley Finger
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Illustrated with over a hundred halftones and drawings, this volume presents a series of profiles that trace the evolution of our knowledge about the brain. Beginning with the ancient Egyptian study  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stanley Finger
ISBN: 0195181824 9780195181821
OCLC Number: 276771956
Notes: "First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback, 2005"--Title page verso.
Description: xii, 364 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: a voyage across time --
An ancient Egyptian physician: the dawn of neurology --
Hippocrates: the brain as the organ of mind --
Galen: the birth of experimentation --
Andreas Vesalius: the new "human" neuroanatomy --
René Descartes: the mind-body problem --
Thomas Willis: the functional organization of the brain --
Luigi Galvani: electricity and the nerves --
Franz Joseph Gall: the cerebral organs of mind --
Paul Broca: cortical localization and cerebral dominace --
David Ferrier and Eduard Hitzig: the experimentalists map the cerebral cortex --
Jean-Martin Charcot: clinical neurology comes of age --
Santiago Ramón y Cajal: from nerve nets to neuron doctrine --
Charles Scott Sherrington: the integrated nervous system --
Edgar D. Adrain: coding the nervous system --
Otto Loewi and Henry Dale: the discovery of neurotransmitters --
Roger W. Sperry and Rita Levi-Montalcini: from neural growth to "split brains" --
Pioneers and discoveries in the brain sciences.
Responsibility: Stanley Finger.

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