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This is an elementary account of nervous anatomy and physiology and their relation to psychology. The author is a physicist and his somewhat external view of neuroscience is stimulating if sometimes over simple. He describes current theories of controversial subjects such as memory fairly and without too much dogmatism. Biologists will already be familiar(More)
German translations of the Origin. It was the press that made Darwin into a public figure and celebrity. The fact that, unlike Darwin, Wallace was never caricatured in print, meant that the Victorians came to equate evolution solely with Darwin. Darwin's post-1859 writings receive specific treatments, though their critical reception is largely ignored. We(More)
Pirogov returned to Dorpat as Professor of Surgery, and was thence transferred to the St Petersburg Medical and Surgical Academy, where appalling conditions prevailed, with no operating room and with corrupt medical attendants who transferred dressings and bandages from one patient to the next, and adulterated the food and medicine. Unfortunately Pirogov's(More)
plague may have been due to a number of factors beside quarantine; the gradual spread of Yersinia pseudo-tuberculosis among the rodent population from the fourteenth century and its communication to human populations may have conferred immunity to Yersinia pestis. The monograph suffers unavoidably from the relative lack of contemporary Ottoman sources. It(More)
role of emotions on gut function (thus heralding his next series of researches that were summarized in Bodily changes in pain, hunger,fear and rage, 1915, second edition republished 1963 by Harper Torchbooks, New York). The new technique permitted him to describe specific mechanical activities of different regions of the gut and helped him to differentiate(More)
dilemmas might be resolved by further investigation into local archives. Her computerized percentages appear impressive, but until more is known about the general archival base on which they are made, they should be treated with some caution. But the attempt to use Wickersheimer in this way is worthwhile, and Dr. Jacquart deserves our thanks for carrying it(More)
This paper uses English examples to scrutinize the complex interrelations of insanity and place over the past three centuries, taking as its starting point the late Erving Goffman's paper of the same title. From eighteenth-century Bedlam and the emerging trade in lunacy, through the county asylums and licensed madhouses of the nineteenth century to the(More)
certainly sound if a bit obvious. In a more narrowly-focused and somewhat polemical article, Martin Dinges assesses the impact of Foucault-in his eyes lamentably meagre-on German historiography. The following section on 'Hospitals and asylums' examines particular experiences in specific places and times. All these essays modify, and some fracture, the(More)