Brain, Mind, and Medicine: Charles Richet and the Origins of Physiological Psychology

Brain, Mind, and Medicine: Charles Richet and the Origins of Physiological Psychology

by Stewart Wolf
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412849543

ISBN-13: 9781412849548

Pub. Date: 08/29/2012

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Charles Richet was one of the most remarkable figures in the history of medical science. He is best known for his work on the body’s immune reactions to foreign substances for which he won the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1913. Richet was also a poet, playwright, historian, bibliographer, political activist, classical scholar, and pioneer in aircraft design.

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Charles Richet was one of the most remarkable figures in the history of medical science. He is best known for his work on the body’s immune reactions to foreign substances for which he won the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1913. Richet was also a poet, playwright, historian, bibliographer, political activist, classical scholar, and pioneer in aircraft design.

Brain, Mind, and Medicine is the first major biography of Richet in any language. Wolf brilliantly situates Richet’s work in the intellectual currents of Europe during the latter half of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Richet was a contemporary of Wilhelm Wundt and William James. All three considered psychology to be an aspect of physiology governed by biological laws. But while James and Wundt considered consciousness as a process influenced by experience without much reference to neural structures, Richet’s focus was on the brain itself as shaped by genetics and experience and serving as the organ of the mind.

Brain, Mind, and Medicine illuminates a significant chapter in scientific and cultural history. It should be read by medical scientists, historians, and individuals interested in medicine and psychology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412849548
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
08/29/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Tables vii

Preface ix

Richet Chronology xv

1 Charles Richet's Background and the Shaping of His Endeavor 1850-1869 1

2 Postrevolutionary Developments That Influenced Richet and His Work 11

3 Education in Medicine and Science 1869-1878 25

4 The Competitive Young Physiologist 1878-1887 39

5 The Young Professor 1887-1902 63

6 Achievement and Acclaim 1902-1914 101

7 The Dedicated Pacifist and Patriot 1914-1925 117

8 The Final Decade 1925-1935 129

9 Coda 145

Photos follow page 100

References 161

Charles Richet Bibliography 171

Index of Proper Names 205

Subject Index 211

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