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Origins of Neuroscience: A History of Explorations into Brain Function Reprint Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195146943
ISBN-10: 0195146948
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"Provides a scholarly and comprehensive history of the development of concepts about brain functions. This book traces the development of the neurosciences in a logical and chronological fashion. . . . employs a scholarly but not pedantic approach; it offers a wealth of detail, yet it is quite readable." --Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal


"A really comprehensive overview of the development of all the major concepts in neurobiology....Masterly, readable, and long-needed....Read from cover-to-cover, it provides a panorama of the entire field. Read by the casual reader who wants some background on a restricted topic, the book offers a series of bite-sized essays that can be munched at leisure....There is much here for both basic scientists and clinicians." --Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience


"The book is packed with facts, and Finger has woven clinical observation and clinical work on animals into a fascinating story that will appeal to anyone with some knowledge of brain structure and function. . . . The book is a must for anyone researching brain function or treating diseases of the nervous system; highly recommended to anyone fascinated by how our brain works." --New Scientist


"A comprehensive and well-written history of neuroscience, this book can serve either as an academic textbook or simply as a general source of historical information....The historical references are wonderful...printing is excellent, and the copious half-tone illustrations are well reproduced. Specialists in neuropsychology, neurophysiology, and neurology should all find many intriguing ideas here as should anyone with an historical interest in the neurosciences." --Perceptual and Motor Skills


"Rich in illustrations....There is a useful appendix of birth-death dates, and the references are extensive. The book has no real rivals and should be in four-year college and university libraries. A well-written and valuable addition to the literature of the history of the neurosciences." --Choice


About the Author

Stanley Finger, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Program in Neural Sciences at Washington University, St. Louis.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (October 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195146948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195146943
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a wonderful introduction into the history of neurosciences and our understanding of the brain. It is an excellent read for the physician, scientist, or brain enthusiast. It is easy to follow and well organized. Finger captures the excitement of the important discoveries about the brain and diseases of the brain. I highly recommend this book for anyones shelf who collects history of medicine books.
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Stanley Finger's Origins of Neuroscience is an extremely useful and entertaining introduction to history of neuroscience. It entails multicultural contributions to philosophy of mind, and neural science from antiquity to contemporary times. In my opinion, this book is a 'must' for people interested in evolution of neural science and theories of mind from a neuroscientist point of view.
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The first thing I noticed about this book certainly differed from my expectations. It is really more of a textbook than a book designed for the casual reader. I should have noticed this from the description, but the book is 462 pages in length, nonfiction, organized into chapters like any other textbook, and is information rich. It spans an enormous amount of material, including ancient evidence of trepanning, progressing theories on brain and sensory function, a parade of landmark figures in neurological history, all the way up to treatment of brain injury in the pre-World War I era. It also includes several pages of references at the end of each chapter, for the reader's convenience.
The first portion of the book deals with my primary interest in choosing this book--man's understand of the brain in antiquity. The book discusses evidence of trepanning taking place in ancient Egypt and Peru. While I was already aware of most of this, the author reveals that the frequency of surgical evidence found on the skull is far higher than I would guess.
The ancient Greeks and Romans had some interesting medical ideas about the four classical elements (earth, air, fire, and water) which eventually became the four humors (blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile). Their beliefs about the human body made it taboo to dissect a human cadaver, and so much of their understanding about basic anatomy stems from either first-hand surgical knowledge, or observations based on animals. As a result, there was a lot of disagreement between scholars on the function of various anatomical features. Followers of Aristotle believed that the body's soul dwelt within the heart, not the brain, and that the brain served as a way to cool the hot-blooded passions of the heart.
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Informative but written too much like a long entry in an encyclopedia. No drama, no storytelling flair, just a an annotated chronology. I could see looking up a name or a discovery in it, but I couldn't imagine reading it from cover to cover.
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It's the most complete books about history of neurology I've ever seen. The only defect is the soft cover.
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