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Neuroscience History

We stand on the shoulders of giants. I’ve explored this perspective in studies of the founding of the neuron doctrine (two eds.), the role of Wilfrid Rall in creating computational neuroscience, the rise of modern neuroscience in the 1950s, Angelo Mosso and the origins of brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience, and a biography in preparation of John Farquhar Fulton.

Creating Modern Neuroscience: The Revolutionary 1950s.


  • Foundations of the Neuron Doctrine 1991
  • The Theoretical Foundation of Dendritic Function (ed. with Idan Segev and John Rinzel) 1995
  • Creating Modern Neuroscience. The Revolutionary 1950s. 2010
  • Angelo Mosso’s Circulation of Blood in the Human Brain. Ed. with Marc Raichle and Christiane Nockels Fabbri). 2014
  • Foundations of the Neuron Doctrine 2nd ed. 2016
  • Also numerous peer reviewed publications

Walter Miles Archive

  • Carnegie Report of European Visit 1920
  • Scan of the original publication
  • Reproduction of Braun and Shepherd 2000 (Journal has ceased publication)
  • New photographs of the originals. Beautiful work by Terry Dagradi, better than the originals; remarkable documentation of the peak of human physiology instrumentation just before the electronic era.

John Fulton Archive

  • Biography (with Cynthia Tsay). Who was John Fulton? A Multifaceted Pioneer in Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • Fulton Diary themes: 40 transcripts from the diaries