The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography Volume 6

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The sixth volume of The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography is a collection of autobiographical essays by notable senior scientists who discuss the major events that shaped their discoveries and their influences, as well as the people who inspired them and helped shape their careers as neuroscientists. Each entry also includes a complete CV so that the interested reader may see their rise through the ranks as they achieved some of the highest honors in neuroscience.

Audience: Students and researchers in neuroscience and neurology.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer:Elizabeth Connor, MLS, AHIP (The Citadel)
Description:This volume, the fifth in a series, features autobiographical essays of noted, contemporary 20th century neuroscientists.
Purpose:The subject of how the brain and mind function has fascinated researchers in many areas of study including biology, anatomy, physiology, immunology, physics, and chemistry. The purpose of this work is to capture "the experiences that shaped their lives; the teachers, colleagues, and students with whom they worked; and the scientific work that has absorbed them during their careers." These experiences are compelling and often gripping.
Audience:Neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, researchers, medical students, basic science students, and historians of medicine involved or interested in neurophysiology, neurochemistry, vision research, biophysics, immunology fields will appreciate this book. This book could easily be the focal point of an interdisciplinary seminar course.
Features:The preface indicates that the History of Neuroscience Committee of the Society for Neuroscience convened to invite selected individuals to participate in writing this work. This work is part of a series that began in 1996. Each volume heralds and celebrates the lives and careers of noted neuroscientists by compiling autobiographic essays from each. Each chapter essay in this volume is supplemented by one or more photographs, brief curriculum vitae, and a selected bibliography for each of the 16 pioneers featured. Countries of origin include Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States, but most ofthe scientists lived and worked in the U. S. or U. K. Most of the scientists were born in the 1920s or 1930s; the youngest was born in 1943 and the oldest was born in 1918. It seems unusual that only one woman (Lynn T. Landmesser) is featured, and that she is the youngest of the group, but previous volumes in this series included one or two female scientists in a scientific field that is predominantly male.
Assessment:It is telling that the series editor (Larry R. Squire) is a renowned neuroscientist interested in mammalian memory. The stories are inspirational and compelling, and sometimes poignant. The tone of many of the essays is conversational. The volume includes a name index but a subject index would have been helpful. Sir William Osler said, "The very first step toward success in any occupation is to become interested in it." This work explains clearly what drew each of these scientists to science itself, and persuaded them to study aspects of biology, neurology, psychiatry, and psychology. This series of books is certain to attract more students and researchers to neuroscientific fields.
From The Critics

"Anyone interested in the history of science in this century will find the 17 autobiographical essays collected in volume one of The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography rich in both facts and in the sociology of science... The book, edited by Larry Squire, a former president of the Society for Neuroscience, was conceived to inform and inspire students and working scientists alike... The essays represent a range of interests and activities as diverse as the field their authors helped build... Above all this book is a treasure of the history, ideas, innovations, and politics that coalesced to produce, and still color, current neuroscience. Anyone entering this field should find the volume valuable for this reason alone."

Fifteen neuroscientists who have made significant contributions to the field describe the experiences that shaped their lives, including the teachers, colleagues, and students with whom they worked and the scientific work that motivated them during their careers. In each case, the subject's basic biographical background is provided, including birth date and place, education, academic appointments, honors, and awards received. A brief synopsis of each neuroscientist's achievements is then provided, followed by their own summary of their lives, each with varying degrees of person information blended into their accounts of their career trajectory, from schooling to their most recent scientific work. Lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195380101
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/12/2008
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry R. Squire is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Neurosciences, and Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. He is also a Research Career Scientist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Diego. Squire is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a past president of the Society for Neuroscience.

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Table of Contents

Previous Contributors
Preface to Volume 1
Preface to Volume 5
Samuel H. Barondes 1
Joseph E. Bogen 47
Alan Cowey 125
David R. Curtis 171
Ennio De Renzi 227
John S. Edwards 271
Mitchell Glickstein 301
Carlton C. Hunt 353
Lynn T. Landmesser 383
Rodolfo R. Llinas 413
Alan Peters 453
Martin Raff 505
Wilfrid Rall 551
Mark R. Rosenzweig 613
Arnold Bernard Scheibel 657
Gerald Westheimer 697
Index of Names 731
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