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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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Electric Fishes in the Nineteenth Century

Electric Fishes in the Nineteenth Century

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(p.351) Chapter 24 Electric Fishes in the Nineteenth Century
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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/9780195366723.003.0024

This chapter focuses on electric fish research during the 19th century. These studies would involve attempting to get sparks from torpedoes, determining the polarity of the electric organs, trying to understand why these fish did not electrocute themselves, and much more. Fish studies and research on nerve and muscle physiology would be viewed as having much in common, and they would continue to draw on each other.

Keywords:   electric fish research, torpedoes, electric organs, muscle physiology, nerve physiology

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