Chapter

Theory and Argument

C. U. M. Smith, Eugenio Frixione, Stanley Finger and William Clower

in The Animal Spirit Doctrine and the Origins of Neurophysiology

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199766499
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950263 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766499.003.0008
Theory and Argument

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This chapter identifies four attempts to create a successor theory and to accept the new findings of experiment and microscopy during the 17th century. It first studies Francis Glisson, who is known for his work on rickets and his research on the true function of the liver. Next, it takes a look at William Croone, who published his enquiries into the movement of skeletal muscle in De ratione motus musculorum, and Giovanni Borelli, whose intromechanics can be related to the physiology of the animal spirit. The chapter ends with a discussion on Thomas Willis, whose Cerebri anatome is considered by some to be the foundation work of neurology.

Keywords: successor theory; Francis Glisson; rickets; liver; William Croone; skeletal muscle; Giovanni Borelli; intromechanics; Thomas Willis; neurology

Chapter.  11120 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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