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Published: 02 August 2012

304 Pages


ISBN: 9780199766499

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The Animal Spirit Doctrine and the Origins of Neurophysiology

C.U.M. Smith, Eugenio Frixione, Stanley Finger, and William Clower

  • This is a story that has not been told under one cover before now. It is far more complete than previous synopses, which lack context, scope, and important information that is critical for appreciating what the animal spirit concept meant in the past.
  • It is a history of the origins of neurophysiology emphasizing its pre-nineteenth-century roots, a topic only rarely and superficially covered, even in book chapters.
  • It is firmly anchored in cultural and contextual history and provides many interesting facts and connections, some of which will surprise most readers.
  • It cuts across disciplines, including philosophy, physiology, medicine, psychology, physics, sociology, and more.
  • It is brought to life with short biographies of major figures and descriptions of the cultural settings in which they lived.
  • It shows how a long-established medico-scientific theory can resists change, even after its flaws become apparent, until a good alternative becomes available.
  • It provides numerous references to primary sources.
  • Chronological tables and introductions to the book's sections lay out what will be covered, and the text is further supplemented by illustrations.
  • This book can be used by teachers for needed lecture material, and can also be assigned in courses.

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