Sir Charles Bell: His Life, Art, Neurological Concepts, and Controversial Legacy

Hardcover | October 14, 2016

byMichael J. Aminoff

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Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842), the Scottish anatomist-surgeon, was a true polymath. His original ideas on the nervous system have been likened to those of William Harvey on the circulation of blood, and his privately published pamphlet detailing his ideas about the brain has been called theMagna Carta of neurology. He described the separate functions of different parts of the nervous system, new nerves and muscles, and several previously unrecognized neurological disorders, and he characterized the features of the facial palsy and its associated features now named after him. Hissketches and paintings of the wounded from the Napoleonic Wars and his essays on the anatomical basis of expression changed the way art students are taught and influenced British and European artists, particularly the Pre-Raphaelites. He was a renowned medical teacher who founded his own privatemedical school, took over the famous Hunterian school, and helped establish the University of London and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. So how is it that a man of such influence is virtually unknown today by most neuroscientists, biologists, and clinicians?Sir Charles Bell: His Life, Art, Neurological Concepts, and Controversial Legacy discusses the work and teachings of this brilliant man. His reputation was tarnished by charges of intellectual dishonesty and fraud, but his work changed the way scientists and clinicians think about the nervous systemand its operation in health and disease, led directly to the work of Charles Darwin on facial expressions, and influenced the way artists view the human body and depict illnesses and wounds. Masterfully written by Dr. Michael J. Aminoff in his signature approachable style, this is the perfectaddition to any library of medical history.

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Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842), the Scottish anatomist-surgeon, was a true polymath. His original ideas on the nervous system have been likened to those of William Harvey on the circulation of blood, and his privately published pamphlet detailing his ideas about the brain has been called theMagna Carta of neurology. He described the sepa...

Dr. Aminoff was born in England and educated at University College London. He moved to California in 1974, where he has been Professor of Neurology at the University of California School of Medicine since 1982. He is well known as a neurologist, clinical neurophysiologist, educator, clinical investigator, author, journal editor, and me...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 14, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Michael Aminoff is a renowned educator of Neurology and Neurological Sciences. His writing is eclectic and this latest monograph tackles the life, works, and thoughts of Sir Charles Bell. It is by far the most detailed description of Bell ever written, full of fascinating details. Aminoff isa Physician-Scientist of considerable stature and this had given him the ability to weave Bell's discoveries into present day thinking and how observations made by Bell have significant relevance in modern medicine. This monograph delves into England and Europe as experienced by Bell, adding charmand interest for non-physicians. No one is perfect, and Aminoff is not shy of bringing out Charles Bell's shortcoming. Despite this I am sure that Sir Charles would thoroughly enjoy this gem, full of wonderful descriptions of his many achievements." --Andrew Eisen, MD, FRCPC, Professor Emeritus, Division of Neurology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada