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Shocking Frogs: Galvani, Volta, and the Electric Origins of Neuroscience

Marco Piccolino and Marco Bresadola


This book provides an accurate and detailed reconstruction of the research pathway that led the Bologna physician, Luigi Galvani, to discover the electric nature of nerve conduction and muscle excitation more than two centuries ago. It is based on a thorough analysis of many (often unpublished) historical sources, and an investigation of the cultural and scientific context in which Galvani's' endeavours flourished; both are related to modern concepts of neuromuscular function. Our historical analysis highlights another important episode in eighteenth century research – the invention of the ele ... More

Keywords: luigi galvani, alessandro volta, history of electrophysiology, animal electricity, scientific stereotypes, nerve conduction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199782161
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782161.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marco Piccolino, author
University of Ferrara

Marco Bresadola, author
University of Ferrara