By Stanley Finger
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Attractively illustrated with over 100 halftones and drawings, this quantity provides a chain of bright profiles that hint the evolution of our wisdom concerning the brain.
starting virtually 5000 years in the past, with the traditional Egyptian examine of "the marrow of the skull," Stanley Finger takes us on a desirable trip from the classical international of Hippocrates, to the time of Descartes and the period of Broca and Ramon y Cajal, to trendy researchers equivalent to Sperry. here's a actually awesome solid of characters. We meet Galen, a guy of immense ego and abrasive disposition, whose teachings ruled drugs for one thousand years; Vesalius, a modern of Copernicus, who driven our realizing of human anatomy to new heights; Otto Loewi, pioneer in neurotransmitters, who gave the Nazis his Nobel prize cash and fled Austria for England; and Rita Levi-Montalcini, discoverer of nerve development issue, who in war-torn Italy was once pressured to do her study in her bed room. for every person, Finger examines the philosophy, the instruments, the books, and the tips that introduced new insights. Finger additionally seems to be at broader topics--how based are researchers at the paintings of others? What makes the time ripe for discovery? And what position does probability or serendipity play? And he comprises many desirable historical past figures to boot, from Leonardo da Vinci and Emanuel Swedenborg to Karl August Weinhold--who claimed to have reanimated a useless cat via filling its cranium with silver and zinc--and Mary Shelley, whose Frankenstein used to be encouraged via such experiments.
vast ranging in scope, imbued with an infectious spirit of experience, listed here are brilliant pictures of giants within the box of neuroscience--remarkable people who stumbled on new how one can take into consideration the equipment of the mind.
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