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The Shocking History of Electric FishesFrom Ancient Epochs to the Birth of Modern Neurophysiology$
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Stanley Finger and Marco Piccolino

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195366723

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366723.001.0001

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The Royal Society and Interdisciplinary Science

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The Shocking History of Electric Fishes
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Stanley Finger

Marco Piccolino

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366723.003.0016

This chapter looks at John Walsh's 1773 publication and then at a second publication on torpedoes by Jan Ingenhousz, another Member of the Royal Society, who had been asked to verify Walsh's findings. It examines what John Hunter, surgeon and anatomist, and Henry Cavendish, the eminent but eccentric physicist, actually did in more detail, because their work affected what was printed in both of these publications, and markedly changed how people would view electric fish in the future.

Keywords:   John Walsh, electric fishes, torpedoes, John Hunter, Henry Cavendish, Jan Ingenhousz

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