Origins of Neuroscience : A History of Explorations into Brain Function
With over 350 illustrations, this impressive volume traces the rich history of ideas about the functioning of the brain from its roots in the ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome through the centuries into relatively modern times. In contrast to biographically oriented accounts, this book is unique in its emphasis on the functions of the brain and how they came to be associated with specific brain regions and systems. Among the topics explored are vision, hearing, pain, motor control, sleep, memory, speech, and various other facets of intellect. The emphasis throughout is on presenting material in a very readable way, while describing with scholarly acumen the historical evolution of the field in all its amazing wealth and detail. From the opening introductory chapters to the concluding look at treatments and therapies, this monumental work will captivate readers from cover to cover. It will be valued as both an historical reference and as an exciting tale of scientific discovery. It is bound to attract a wide readership among students and professionals in the neural sciences as well as general readers interested in the history of science and medicine.
- Paperback | 480 pages
- 215.9 x 276.9 x 30.5mm | 1,292.75g
- 11 Oct 2001
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- Revised ed.
- numerous halftones and line illustrations
...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 *
About Stanley Finger
Stanley Finger, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Program in Neural Sciences at Washington University, St. Louis.
Table of contents
PART I: THEORIES OF BRAIN FUNCTION ; PART II: SENSORY SYSTEMS ; PART III: MOTOR FUNCTIONS ; PART IV: SLEEP AND FUNCTION ; PART V: INTELLECT AND MEMORY ; PART VI: SPEECH AND CEREBRAL DOMINANCE ; PART VII: TREATMENTS AND THERAPIES ; EPILOGUE ; APPENDIX: DATES OF BIRTH AND DEATH ; INDEX