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June 1980

The Pioneering Role of Clarence Luther Herrick in American Neurosciences

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Box 176 Mayo University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 55455

Arch Neurol. 1980;37(6):400. doi:10.1001/archneur.1980.00500550102033

William Frederick Windle, noted histologist and neuroscientist, chronicles the scientific and academic development of a relatively unheralded but significant early American neurobiologist: Clarence Luther Herrick. That Herrick played a crucial early role in the integration of the concepts and techniques of histology, embryology, and physiology with those of comparative neurology and psychology is the major theme of this book. The circumstances that determined his career path are thoroughly and intriguingly documented, including the factors that prevented him from realizing his goals.

This account of Herrick's pursuits reveals a great deal about early activity in neurobiology and comparative neurology in the United States while it focuses on the career choices and directions of this important contributor. Although no major scientific achievements can be attributed to Herrick, a strong case is made for his organizational leadership qualities, visionary perspective, and inspirational teaching abilities. The book provides the reader with insight into

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