July 14, 1975

The Life and Contributions of Walter Bradford Cannon, 1871-1945: His Influence on the Development of Physiology in the Twentieth Century

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago


edited by Chandler McC. Brooks, Kiyomi Koizumi, and James O. Pinkston (symposium, Brooklyn, NY, May 1972), 264 pp, with illus, $20, Albany, State University of New York Press, 1975.

JAMA. 1975;233(2):186. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260020072034

Walter B. Cannon, the outstanding American physiologist, famous for his brilliant researches in several quite distinct areas of his chosen discipline, was born on Oct 19, 1871. While his birthday was recognized during the actual centenary year, a major celebration was a symposium held in May 1972, attended by former students as well as by investigators who had added to the various fields of knowledge that Cannon had cultivated with such success. The present volume records the contributions made in his honor.

Cannon's first great scientific achievement dates from 1896, when he started to use the newly discovered x-rays to clarify the functions of the gastrointestinal tract. He was the first to use opaque contrast medium to study the problems of gastrointestinal motility. The first chapter in the present book reviews his contributions to gastroenterology and the progress made since then.

Other major fields to which he made pioneer contributions