Medicine and science in the life of Luigi Galvani (1737–1798)

@article{Bresadola1998MedicineAS,
  title={Medicine and science in the life of Luigi Galvani (1737–1798)},
  author={M. Bresadola},
  journal={Brain Research Bulletin},
  year={1998},
  volume={46},
  pages={367-380}
}
  • M. Bresadola
  • Published 1998
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Brain Research Bulletin
Together with its companion paper, dealing with the contribution of Luigi Galvani to the history of electrophysiology, this article provides a biographical sketch of the scientist of Bologna in the occasion of the bicentenary of his death. Studies on Galvani have focused mainly on his "discovery" of animal electricity, and on the controversy with Alessandro Volta. Much less is known about Galvani's life and activity as a teacher, physician, and researcher in the fields of comparative anatomy… Expand
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