A History of the Brain: From Stone Age surgery to modern neuroscience

1st Edition

Andrew P. Wickens

Psychology Press
Published December 8, 2014
Reference - 390 Pages - 120 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781848723658 - CAT# Y164827

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Summary

A History of the Brain tells the full story of neuroscience, from antiquity to the present day. It describes how we have come to understand the biological nature of the brain, beginning in prehistoric times, and progressing to the twentieth century with the development of Modern Neuroscience.

This is the first time a history of the brain has been written in a narrative way, emphasizing how our understanding of the brain and nervous system has developed over time, with the development of the disciplines of anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, psychology and neurosurgery. The book covers:

  • beliefs about the brain in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome
  • the Medieval period, Renaissance and Enlightenment
  • the nineteenth century
  • the most important advances in the twentieth century and future directions in neuroscience.

The discoveries leading to the development of modern neuroscience gave rise to one of the most exciting and fascinating stories in the whole of science. Written for readers with no prior knowledge of the brain or history, the book will delight students, and will also be of great interest to researchers and lecturers with an interest in understanding how we have arrived at our present knowledge of the brain.

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