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The Animal Spirit Doctrine and the Origins of Neurophysiology$
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C.U.M. Smith, Eugenio Frixione, Stanley Finger, and William Clower

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199766499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766499.001.0001

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The Increasingly Electrical World

The Increasingly Electrical World

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(p.203) Chapter 13 The Increasingly Electrical World
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The Animal Spirit Doctrine and the Origins of Neurophysiology
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C. U. M. Smith

Eugenio Frixione

Stanley Finger

William Clower

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766499.003.0013

This chapter studies the early history of electricity and explains how it helped prepare the electric fish experiments that showed that some living organisms can generate and release electricity. This became a landmark development that opened more minds to the possibility that humans function electrically. It shows how electricity became one of the most stimulating branches of experimental natural philosophy during the middle of the 18th century. It then connects this development to new technologies and events. This chapter also discusses Benjamin Franklin and his introduction to electricity, plant electricity, medical electricity, atmospheric electricity, and the obsession with invisible forces.

Keywords:   electric fish experiments, experimental natural philosophy, electricity, Benjamin Franklin, plant electricity, medical electricity, atmospheric electricity, invisible forces

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