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June 1964

The Machinery of the Brain.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(6):907-908. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280120107033

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Dean Wooldridge, now a Research Associate in the California Institute of Technology, resigned the presidency of Thompson Ramo Wooldridge, Inc., in 1962, to devote himself to scientific pursuits and writing. He is especially interested in the physical and life sciences, where there is a need for translating the results obtained in one discipline in language that is understandable to the other. Wooldridge's success in doing just that in The Machinery of the Brain is rather remarkable.

Twelve chapters summarize the recent discoveries and hypotheses stemming from researches on the nervous system. Wooldridge avows, as his primary target, physical scientists and engineers who feel their lack of background in biology. The book makes fascinating reading for the biologist and physician needing to brush up on the electrophysiology of brain, cord, and nerve. Here is a lucid summary of a significant part of the current storehouse of information about the nervous system.

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