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The Human Brain and Spinal Cord: A Historical Study Illustrated by Writings from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century by Edwin Clarke & C. D. O’Malley

The Human Brain and Spinal Cord: A Historical Study Illustrated by Writings from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century Edwin Clarke & C. D. O’Malley
Revised second edition.
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This comprehensive work contains excerpts in English from the writings that represent the great landmarks in the evolution of our knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. Many of these rare contributions are translated here into English for the first time. For this second edition, Edwin Clarke extensively revised the original text and updated the bibliographies and indices in light of recent scholarship.

13, 926pp. 158 illus. 7" × 10". Cloth, dust jacket, acid-free paper. ISBN 0-930405-25-0. 1996. Norman Neurosciences Series, No. 2. NP25194.


About the Authors

Before his death in 1996, Edwin Clarke, MD, MRCP, worked first in clinical neurology for twelve years and then, between 1960 and 1963, held posts in the history of medicine at the Johns Hopkins Institute, Yale University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in the History of Medicine at University College, London, in 1966, and from 1972 to 1979 was Director of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. His books include Nineteenth-Century Origins of Neuroscientific Concepts, with L. S. Jacyna (1987), The Historical Development of Experimental Brain and Spinal Cord Physiology before Flourens, translated from the German of Max Neuburger, and edited, with additional material, by Edwin Clarke (1981),and (with K. Dewhurst) An Illustrated History of Brain Function: Imaging the Brain from Antiquity to the Present. Second edition, revised and enlarged, with a new chapter by Michael J. Aminoff (Norman Publishing, 1996).

Before his death in 1970, Charles D. O’Malley was Chairman of the Department of Medical History in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was the author of various books on the history of medicine and science, including Andreas Vesalius of Brussels, 1514–1564, for which he was awarded the 1964 Pfizer Prize for the best book on the history of science.


“There is so much of excellence in this volume, so expertly done, that any reader involved in the clinical or scientific aspects of the nervous system will find this work indispensable.”

—Review of first edition by William Feindel

“This book is highly recommended to all neuroscientists. Medical historians and clinicians interested in the history of the nervous system will place this volume on their shelves along-side those of Jules Soury.”

—Review of first edition by A. Earl Walker

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