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By Harry Whitaker, C.U.M. Smith, Stanley Finger

It truly is a great ebook to understand the heritage of neuroscience. In fresh days, scholars of neurophysiology comprehend little or no concerning the background neuroscience. to grasp the background provides deeper that means of the topic. This ebook could be said the scholars.

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Indeed, in his letter to the Royal Society announcing his discovery he called it an ‘artificial electric organ’ and hoped to improve it by adjusting its structure more closely to that of the organ found in Torpedo (Volta, 1800). These researches are discussed in detail by Piccolino in this volume so it is unnecessary to expand on them here. Finally, at the very end of the century, in the 1790s, Galvani and others published the results of their famous frog experiments (see Focaccia & Simili, this volume; Piccolino, 2006;).

For example, a lengthy celebratory publication on Leeuwenhoek’s researches was published in Natura in 1932, to commemorate the tercentenary of his birth, and – although this aimed 2. Microscopes and Microscopy in the Eighteenth Century FIGURE 2. In 1674 Leeuwenhoek sent to London the first microscopical sections of nerve tissue. They were discovered by the author among the Leeuwenhoek papers of the Royal Society in 1981, and this electron micrograph was taken at Cardiff with a JSM 840A scanning electron microscope at 2kV.

However, as we have seen, Darwin does not believe that his aethereal fluid is identical with electricity but only that it is of a similar nature and more tenuous. The brain secretes this tenuous fluid into its medullary substance which, he says, is continuous with ‘the innumerable ramifications of the nerves to the various muscles and organs of sense’ (Darwin, 1801, p. 10). Not only is Darwin’s aethereal fluid, his spirit of animation, physically distinguishable from Galvani’s electric fluid, but it also retains the psychological dimension of the ancient animal spirit.

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