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Mechanisms of Synaptic Transmission: Bridging the Gaps (1890-1990)

Joseph D. Robinson


This book describes a century of research on how nerve cells communicate with one another, beginning with the formulation of the Neuron Theory and proceeding through studies embracing a broad range of disciplines. The Neuron Theory initially depicted discrete nerve cells interacting at their points of contact (“synapses”); since nerve impulses were often identified as electrical signals traveling along neuronal processes, it seemed plausible that impulses would also pass from cell to cell electrically. Over the next hundred years, however, ingenious experiments, facilitated by powerful new tec ... More

Keywords: nerve cells, Neuron Theory, synapses, nerve impulses, neurons, neurotransmitters, synaptic transmission, neurological diseases, psychiatric diseases

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195137613
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137613.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph D. Robinson, author
State University of New York at Syracuse