Origins of Neuroscience: A History of Explorations into Brain Function

Paperback | September 15, 2001

byStanley Finger

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With over 350 illustrations, this impressive volume traces the rich history of ideas about the functioning of the brain from its roots in the ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome through the centuries into relatively modern times. In contrast to biographically oriented accounts, thisbook is unique in its emphasis on the functions of the brain and how they came to be associated with specific brain regions and systems. Among the topics explored are vision, hearing, pain, motor control, sleep, memory, speech, and various other facets of intellect. The emphasis throughout is onpresenting material in a very readable way, while describing with scholarly acumen the historical evolution of the field in all its amazing wealth and detail. From the opening introductory chapters to the concluding look at treatments and therapies, this monumental work will captivate readers fromcover to cover. It will be valued as both an historical reference and as an exciting tale of scientific discovery. It is bound to attract a wide readership among students and professionals in the neural sciences as well as general readers interested in the history of science and medicine.

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With over 350 illustrations, this impressive volume traces the rich history of ideas about the functioning of the brain from its roots in the ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome through the centuries into relatively modern times. In contrast to biographically oriented accounts, thisbook is unique in its emphasis on the function...

Stanley Finger, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Program in Neural Sciences at Washington University, St. Louis.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.19 × 10.59 × 1.18 inPublished:September 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195146948

ISBN - 13:9780195146943

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Table of Contents

Part I: Theories of Brain Function1. The Brain in Antiquity2. Changing Concepts of Brain Function3. The Era of Cortical Localization4. Holism and the Critics of Cortical LocalizationPart II: Sensory Systems5. Vision: From Antiquity through the Renaissance6. Post-Renaissance Visual Anatomy and Physiology7. Color Vision8. The Ear and Theories of Hearing9. Audition and the Central Nervous System10. The Cutaneous Senses11. Pain12. Gustation13. OlfactionPart III: Motor Functions14. The Pyramidal System and the Motor Cortex15. The Cerbellum and the Corpus Striatum16. Some Movement DisordersPart IV: Sleep and Function17. The Process of Sleep18. The Nature of Dreaming19. Theories of Emotion from Democritus to William James20. Defining and Controlling the Circuits of EmotionPart V: Intellect and Memory21. Intellect and the Brain22. The Frontal Lobes and Intellect23. The Nature of the Memory Tree24. The Neuropathology of MemoryPart VI: Speech and Cerebral Dominance25. Speech and Language26. The Emergence of the Concept of Cerebral Dominance27. Expansion of the Concept of Cerebral DominancePart VII: Treatments and Therapies28. Treatments and Therapies: From Antiquity through the Seventeenth Century29. Treatments and Therapies: From 1700 to World War IEpilogueAppendix: Dates of Birth and DeathIndex

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