The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography

The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography

by Larry R. Squire
     
 

This book is the third volume of autobiographical essays by distinguished senior neuroscientists. As neuroscience is a young discipline, the contributors to this volume are truly pioneers of scientific research on the brain and spinal cord. It is fascinating to hear their stories first-hand and to learn what has inspired and shaped the careers of the best…  See more details below

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This book is the third volume of autobiographical essays by distinguished senior neuroscientists. As neuroscience is a young discipline, the contributors to this volume are truly pioneers of scientific research on the brain and spinal cord. It is fascinating to hear their stories first-hand and to learn what has inspired and shaped the careers of the best neuroscientists of our time.
In this volume, 13 outstanding neuroscientists tell the stories of their scientific work. Within their writings, they discuss major events that shaped their discoveries and their influences, as well as people that inspired them and help shape their careers as neuroscientists. This collection of fascinating essays should inform and inspire students and working scientist alike. The general reader may also find the book absorbing, as they are essentially human stories about commitment and the pursuit of knowledge.

Editorial Reviews

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 of thescientists 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.
Booknews
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 (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780916110512
Publisher:
Society for Neuroscience
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Pages:
604

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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