The Role of Research Institutes in the Advancement of Neuroscience: Ranson’s Institute of Neurology, 1928–1942

  • Horace W. Magoun


The focus of this symposium upon “Paths of Discovery” is certainly appropriate to the Boston community, where, a generation ago and at a neighboring institution, an earlier neuroscientist, Walter Cannon, summed up aspects of his research career in a modest publication entitled The Way of an Investigator (Cannon, 1945). I can still recall the impact of this volume upon me as a young man, and, on rereading it recently, I found a number of its themes as fresh and pertinent today as when it was published.


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