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Minds Behind the Brain: A history of the pioneers and their discoveries

Stanley Finger


This volume presents a series of vibrant profiles that trace the evolution of our knowledge about the brain. Beginning almost 5,000 years ago, with the ancient Egyptian study of “the marrow of the skull”, the book takes us on a fascinating journey from the classical world of Hippocrates, to the time of René Descartes and the era of Paul Broca and Santiago Ramón y Cajal, to modern researchers such as Roger W. Sperry. We meet Galen, a man of titanic ego and abrasive disposition, whose teachings dominated medicine for a thousand years; Andreas Vesalius, a contemporary of Nicolaus Copernicus, who ... More

Keywords: brain, Galen, Otto Loewi, Rita Levi-Montalcini, neurotransmitters, Roger W. Sperry, Paul Broca, Hippocrates

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195181821
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stanley Finger, author
Washington University
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