The 1932 and 1944 Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine: Rewards for Ground-Breaking Studies in Neurophysiology

  title={The 1932 and 1944 Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine: Rewards for Ground-Breaking Studies in Neurophysiology},
  author={Gunnar Grant},
  journal={Journal of the History of the Neurosciences},
  pages={341 - 357}
  • G. Grant
  • Published 22 November 2006
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
In 1932 Sherrington and Adrian were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries regarding the functions of neurons” and in 1944 Erlanger and Gasser were awarded the same prize “for their discoveries relating to the highly differentiated functions of single nerve fibres.” Sherrington made important discoveries on the reflex functions of the spinal cord, formulated the concept of the “synapse,” defined the principle of the “final common path,” studied “reciprocal… 
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