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Author Valenstein, Elliot S.

Title The war of the soups and the sparks : the discovery of neurotransmitters and the dispute over how nerves communicate / Elliot S. Valenstein
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2005]
©2005
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 237 pages) : illustrations
Contents List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Setting the Stage: The Neuron Doctrine and the Synapse; 2. The Autonomic Nervous System; 3. An Idea Ahead of Its Time: The First Hint at the Existence of Chemical Neurotransmitters; 4. Henry Dale: Laying the Foundation; 5. Otto Loewi: An Inspired Dream and a Speculative Leap; 6. The Road to the Nobel Prize; 7. Walter Cannon: A Near Miss by America's Most Renowned Physiologist; 8. The War of the Soups and the Sparks; 9. Loewi, Dale, and Cannon: The Later Years; 10. Brain Neurotransmitters: A New Continent to Explore
11. Epilogue: Some Final ReflectionsNotes; Index
Summary Like the cracking of the genetic code and the creation of the atomic bomb, the discovery of how the brain's neurons work is one of the fundamental scientific developments of the twentieth century. The discovery of neurotransmitters revolutionized the way we think about the brain and what it means to be human yet few people know how they were discovered, the scientists involved, or the fierce controversy about whether they even existed. The War of the Soups and the Sparks tells the saga of the dispute between the pharmacologists, who had uncovered the first evidence that nerves communicate
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Neural transmission -- History.
Neurotransmitters -- History.
History, 20th Century.
Neurophysiology -- history.
Neurotransmitter Agents -- history.
Synaptic Transmission -- physiology.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005042103
ISBN 0231135882 (cl. ; alk. paper)
0231509731 (electronic bk.)
9780231135887 (cl. ; alk. paper)
9780231509732 (electronic bk.)