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Mind, Brain, and Adaptation in the Nineteenth Century: Cerebral Localization and Its Biological Context from Gall to Ferrier (History of Neuroscience) Hardcover – November 15, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0195063899 ISBN-10: 0195063899

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Product Details

  • Series: History of Neuroscience (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195063899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195063899
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,994,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anyone with the slightest acquaintance with the cultural history of the period must have been amused and puzzled by the interest obviously taken by the educated classes, around the early middle of the century, in the pseudo-science of phrenology. Mr. Young fairly and firmly "places" its surprising role in both the history of the concept of cerebral localization and in the development of psychology as a biological science. . . . His book as a whole seems a model for the writing of the history of science." --The New York Review of Books

"This book will be of much interest to neurologists, for the author, from King's College, Cambridge, has written a meticulously documented history of thought upon the nature of cerebral localization from the eighteenth century . . . . until late in the next century . . . His subtitle "Cerebral localization and its biological content from Gall to Ferrier" is enough to stimulate anyone to read his book, but it gives little ideas of its astonishing content and scope. It must be the most important work upon the evolution of thought upon the results of cerebral function written in the decade now ending." --Brain

""Psychology," said Norman Weiner, "is like a tapeworm that keeps losing segments to physiology." This is essentially the message of this absorbing book, which traces the history of the concepts of cerebral localization of function and of the relation of organisms to their environments . . . . There is a clue in the introduction that Young may be planning a further study. His readers will be waiting for it, for this volume is of unusual excellence. Read it." --Science

"This volume should be in every serious medical library and purchased by any scientist or psychologist who has an interest in cerebral localization and by students who thirst for the origins of ideas in neuroscience . . . . a wonderful trip through the history of neuroscience . . . . the value of Young's book has increased tenfold since the first edition." --The Blors Organization

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Robert M. Young, Fellow of, King's College, Cambridge.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Kalanithi on October 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Most histories of neuroscience tend to be mere recountings of events, not actual histories. This is not merely a timeline or an ordering of facts, but a philosophically sophisticated telling of how we have come to understand the mind and the brain. I trained as a historian of science at Cambridge, and I am on my way to becoming a neurosurgeon --- I wish I had written this book. If you want to understand today's mind-brain problem, this is the book that tells you how we got here. It is also the book that highlights that some of the central scientific directions are not necessarily great leaps forward, but may represent pendulum swings in a larger debate about behavior and the brain, specifically regarding whether the brain acts as circuits or is composed of discrete processing centers. It's a shame the author left history for psychoanalysis!
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