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November 1958

Sherrington, Physiologist, Philosopher, and Poet.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(5):851. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260220167027

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The fourth of the Sherrington Lectures deals with Sherrington himself. It is a warm but critical appraisal of Sherrington which throws light not only on the subject but on the author. For those who have received stimulus from Sherrington's work and from his writings, this sketch is very rewarding, even though at times the critic tends to be perhaps overcritical in his attitude. I can remember a half dozen books which made an abiding impression on me when I was an undergraduate medical student or since. Sherrington's "Integrated Action of the Nervous System" leads the list. In this book I came face to face with a man who combined a marvelous intellect, great technical skill, imagination, and the capacity to describe his work in a pleasing and felicitous style which few physicians have equalled and hardly anyone has surpassed. Then later, in a more philosophical frame of mind, his "Ordeal

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