Hippocrates to Harrison : Neurology and psychiatry introduction


HIPPOCRATES TO HARRISON


Introduction
Classical Works
Anaesthesia
Surgery
Anatomy
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Internal Medicine
Pathology
Infection and Immunity
Neurology and Psychiatry
Public Health
Tropical Medicine
Therapeutics
Evolution and Genetics
Physiology
Authors A to Z
Who was Harrison?
Contacts











Neurology and Psychiatry

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Theories of the function of the nerves and the role of the brain in thought and sensation were only formulated in the eighteenth century even though the association between stroke and haemorrhage into the brain was known from ancient times. The discovery of electrical stimulation of muscle contraction by Galvani and Volta opened the way to experimental study of neurotransmission, but also to quack applications such as the Celestial Bed.

Mental illness has always occupied a special place in medical thinking and practice. The development of psychiatry and the study of thought and perception are modern developments.