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The War Years

Alan J. McComas

in Galvani’s Spark

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751754
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897094 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751754.003.0013
The War Years

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Plymouth is bombed and the Marine Biological Laboratory damaged. Huxley joins the Navy and Hodgkin helps to develop radar for fighter aircraft. In the depleted physiology department in Cambridge, Adrian continues to experiment and shows that the representation of the body surface in the cerebral cortex is influenced by the type of activity in which an animal engages. In Australia, both Katz and Kuffler enlist, leaving Eccles to carry out studies on the sympathetic ganglion. Eccles still believes that the action current is involved in transmission at synapses. In 1944 Gasser and Erlanger share the Nobel Prize without Bishop.

Keywords: Plymouth; war; bombing; Alan Hodgkin; Andrew Huxley; Edgar Adrian; John Eccles; Bernard Katz; Stephen Kuffler; Herbert Gasser; Joseph Erlanger

Chapter.  6178 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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