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NINDS has been one of the most powerful motors that pulled and pushed the rise of modern neuroscience. This book was written in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the institute. Its history and the history of neurology and neuroscience are essentially one. Well written and lavishly accompanied by photographs that span the last half-century, this book will be a welcome addition to the library of everyone in brain research and the clinical neurosciences. The first half is a history of the Institute, starting with the enabling legislation and concentrating on the people who made NINDS a powerhouse of neuroscience research The cast includes Administrators, Legislators, Scientists and two unique women, Mary Lasker and Florence Mahoney. Against this background, the leaders of the intramural programme provide the history of major contributions. The much larger extramural programme encompasses biomedical research centres throughout the United States. NINDS has been a major source of training for basic scientists in neurosciences and the single major source in developing clinical investigation. In the process modern scientific neurology and neurosurgery have been created. Oral histories provide human terms for the history. More than half of the book is devoted to biographies of Scientists whose contributions earned special recognition by Lasker Awards or Nobel Prizes. Among them are Kety, Louis Sokoloff, Roscoe Brady, Nancy Wexler, Carleton Gajdusek, Stanley Prusiner, Julius Axelrod, Arvid Carlsson, Paul Greengard and Eric Kandel. Together, their stories provide a history of scientific advance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781888799712
ISBN-10: 1888799714
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Demos Medical Publishing
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Lewis P. Rowland

Lewis P. Bud Rowland, M.D., was willing to tackle the task and his worthy accomplishment follows in the pages of this text... Dr. Rowland s career has spanned both clinical and academic neurology. It has given him an advantageous place from which to view the course of neuroscience over a lifetime devoted to unraveling the mysteries and mechanisms of neurological disorders.

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