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Lorente de Nó: The Electrophysiological Experiments of the Latter Years

  • Lawrence Kruger
Part of the NATO ASI series book series (NSSA, volume 239)

Abstract

Among the truly prominent figures of 20th century neuroscience it is difficult to identify anyone who can approach the breadth and versatility of Rafael Lorente de Nó. In recent years there has been a strong revival of interest in the anatomical studies of his early youth, especially the Golgi stain analyses of the cerebral cortex. He remained interested in this for the remainder of his extraordinary career, but shortly after his arrival in the United States, working at the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, he was inevitably caught up in the excitement generated by the newly emerging electrophysiological methods used with such impressive success by Erlanger, Bishop, Gasser, Heinbecker, O’Leary and others in that vibrant era at Washington University. Expressing a life long penchant for originality, Lorente soon seized upon the application of electrophysiology to the problem of synaptic integration in the central nervous system. He was particularly enamored of the idea of reverberating circuits and was certain that he would find a role for the ubiquitous interneurons in the production of prolonged electrical events that must underlie the enhancement of reflexes.

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Methylene Blue Myelinated Fiber Nerve Impulse Myelinated Axon Myelinated Nerve Fiber 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence Kruger
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  1. 1.Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Anesthesiology and the Brain Research InstituteUCLA Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA

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