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Creating Modern Neuroscience: The Revolutionary 1950s$
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Gordon M. Shepherd MD, DPhil

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195391503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391503.001.0001

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Introduction: Why Study History? Why the 1940s and 1950s?

Introduction: Why Study History? Why the 1940s and 1950s?

(p.3) 1 Introduction: Why Study History? Why the 1940s and 1950s?
Creating Modern Neuroscience: The Revolutionary 1950s

Gordon M. Shepherd

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter reviews the origin and development of our knowledge in neuroscience, in order to understand: the nature of the key discoveries, and how they are the products of the people; the technical means and the creative process that drove them. It discusses how the history of neuroscience extends across all species, systems, and hierarchical levels of organization; and includes ethics issues. The reasons behind the focus on research in the 1950s and the rationale for the book are then presented.

Keywords:   modern neuroscience, history, ethical issues

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