May 19, 1956

Grosse Nervenärzte: 21 Lebensbilder

JAMA. 1956;161(3):294-295. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970030112044

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This attractive volume contains the biographies of Berger, Bleuler, Bonhoeffer, Ramón y Cajal, Charcot, Cushing, Erb, Foerster, Freud, Griesinger, von Gudden, John Hughlings Jackson, Jaspers, C. G. Jung, Kraepelin, Moniz, Pawlow, Pinel, Rieger, Sherrington, and von Jauregg. The authors of many of the biographies are scarcely less famous than their subjects, and they write vividly, from their own experiences, about the personal characteristics and the scientific thinking that distinguished each. There is much to amuse and edify the medical student in the accounts of Bleuler's diatribes against alcoholism, Osler's gentle but pointed admonitions to Cushing, Foerster's crude but courageous pioneering in the techniques of brain surgery, Jung's combination of mountain-climbing, swimming, stone-cutting, and similar physical activities with the most abstract forms of intellectual endeavor, Kraepelin's determined fight for a rational attitude toward criminals, the shooting of Moniz as he wrote a prescription for a schizophrenic patient, the experiences of Pinel

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