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Creating modern neuroscience : the revolutionary 1950s / Gordon M. Shepherd.

  • Shepherd, Gordon M., 1933-
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Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.

Physical description

ix, 291 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Introduction: Why study history? Why the 1940s and 1950s? -- Genes: starting with DNA -- Signaling molecules: the first growth factor -- Signaling molecules: the first neurotransmitters in the brain -- Cell biology and the synapse -- Physiology: the action potential -- Physiology: synaptic potentials and receptor potentials -- Functional organization of neurons and dendrites -- Neural circuits: spinal cord, retina, invertebrate systems -- Neural circuits: cortical columns and cortical processing -- Neural systems: the neural basis of behavior -- Learning and memory: Donald Hobb, Brenda Milner and H. M. -- Neurology: foundations of brain imaging -- Neurosurgery: from Cushing to Penfield -- Neuropsychiatry: the breakthrough in psychopharmacology -- Theoretical neuroscience: the brain as a computer and the computer as a brain -- Summing up -- Appendix A: Resources -- Appendix B: Supporting material available on the web.


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  • 0195391500
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