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Creating Modern Neuroscience: The Revolutionary 1950s

Gordon M. Shepherd MD, DPhil


For modern scientists, history often starts with last week's journals and is regarded as largely a quaint interest compared with the advances of today. However, this book makes the case that, measured by major advances, the greatest decade in the history of brain studies was mid-twentieth century, especially the 1950s. The first to focus on worldwide contributions in this period, this book ranges through dozens of astonishing discoveries at all levels of the brain, from DNA (Watson and Crick), through growth factors (Hamburger and Levi-Montalcini), excitability (Hodgkin and Huxley), synapses ( ... More

Keywords: dopamine, 1950s, Parkinson's, brain studies, DNA, visual processing, growth factors, reticular activating system, cortical column, synapses

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195391503
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gordon M. Shepherd MD, DPhil, author