In the trenches with Viktor Hamburger and Rita Levi-Montalcini (1965–1974) One student's perspective

  title={In the trenches with Viktor Hamburger and Rita Levi-Montalcini (1965–1974) One student's perspective},
  author={R. Provine},
  journal={International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience},
  • R. Provine
  • Published 2001
  • Medicine, Biology
  • International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
In September of 1965, I came to Washington University (St. Louis) as a psychology graduate student seeking training in what later became known as neuroscience. The student neuroscientist of that era had to be an entrepreneur, fashioning a curriculum from a hodge-podge of courses in the Departments of Psychology, Biology, Engineering, and offerings on the medical school campus. I searched widely, looking for the best match between my interests and available resources and faculty. After working… Expand
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