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From Fishes to Frogs and Nerve Electricity

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/9780199766499.003.0015
From Fishes to Frogs and Nerve Electricity

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This chapter takes a look at efforts made in the study of the possibility that humans could create and store electricity, just like certain animals. It first introduces Luigi Galvani, who studied the possibility that like electric fishes, the nerves and muscles of barnyard animals, humans, and frogs work by electricity. It then studies some of the enduring features of the animal spirit paradigm and Alessandro Volta's critique of Galvani's study. It also looks at some of the new findings on electric fish experiments in Italy and the physiological advances in Germany. This chapter ends with a discussion on 20th-century developments on nerve electricity.

Keywords: nerve electricity; Luigi Galvani; electric fishes; animal spirit paradigm; Alessandro Volta; electric fish experiments; physiological advances

Chapter.  12714 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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