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Journal of Neurology

, Volume 261, Issue 6, pp 1247–1248 | Cite as

David Ferrier (1843–1928)

  • Stefano Sandrone
  • Elia Zanin
Pioneers in Neurology

David Ferrier (1843–1928) was born on 13 January 1843 in Woodside, Aberdeen, Scotland, the sixth child of Hannah and David Ferrier. He attended Aberdeen Grammar School and in 1859 he began to study at Aberdeen University, graduating MA with first class honors in classics and philosophy in 1863. As a student, he worked with the psychologist and philosopher Alexander Bain [8, 9]. Following Bain’s advice, in 1864 Ferrier went to Germany and joined Helmholtz and Wundt’s laboratories to investigate sensory psychophysiology [9]. Back in Scotland, in 1865 he started to study medicine, thereafter graduating MB in 1868 at Edinburgh University. Between 1868 and 1870 he was assistant to the general practitioner William Edmund Image in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk [7]. Ferrier worked on the corpora quadrigemina and the comparative anatomy of the superior and inferior colliculi, and his MD thesis was awarded a gold medal [7, 10]. In 1870 he moved to London and was appointed as lecturer in physiology...

Keywords

David Ferrier History of neuroscience History of neurology Gustav Fritsch Eduard Hitzig 

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Conflicts of interest

The corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NATBRAINLAB-Neuroanatomy and Tractography Brain Laboratory, Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental SciencesInstitute of Psychiatry, King’s CollegeLondonUK
  2. 2.Institute of NeuroinformaticsUniversity of Zurich and ETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Vita-Salute San Raffaele UniversityMilanItaly

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