Some concepts of nerve structure and function in Britain, 1875-1885: background to Sir Charles Sherrington and the synapse concept.


INTRODUCTION HISTORICAL accounts of the development of concepts of nerve structure and function' make it clear that, for most of the nineteenth century, the variety of approaches in neurophysiology and neurohistology combined with the technical infancy of these sciences to prevent any single and coherent account of nerve from forming.2 In retrospect, it is… (More)


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