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A History of the Electrical Activity of the Brain: The First Half-Century

Michael Kelly, M.D.
Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(6):932-934. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620240114040.
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(about $5.50). Pp. 119, with 40 illustrations. Pitman Medical Publishing Company, Ltd., 39 Parker St., London, W.C. 2, England, 1961.

Three years ago I read and enjoyed Mary Brazier's 32-page article on the history of the electrical investigation of the nervous system.1 It is well informed and well written, in a racy style, and holds the interest from start to finish. Brazier gave an unbiased account of the vigorous opposition raised by Volts and his associates against Galvani's dictum that life is electricity. In that article I did not think Brazier had succumbed to the mechanist gospel; she seemed to have great sympathy for the vitalists. And so, when I saw the title of this book, A History of the Electrical Activity...., I naturally expected a continuation and development of the interesting story of 1958. Had she continued in that vain for 120 pages, she could have produced one


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