The early history of the synapse: from Plato to Sherrington.

@article{Bennett1999TheEH,
  title={The early history of the synapse: from Plato to Sherrington.},
  author={Max R. Bennett},
  journal={Brain research bulletin},
  year={1999},
  volume={50 2},
  pages={95-118}
}
One hundred years ago, in 1897, Sherrington adopted the name synapse. However, the concept of the synapse emerged from considerations of how muscles are contracted and so locomotion affected over a period of 2400 years, from the time of Plato and Aristotle in the 4th century BC to the early part of the 20th century. This early history is considered in the present review. In terms of duration of influence, the early history was dominated by Aristotle's concept of vital pneuma. This was derived… CONTINUE READING
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