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1939 LANDMARK MONOGRAPH BY JZ YOUNG ON SQUID GIANT AXON STUDY THAT LED TO NERVE REGENERATION TECHNIQUES USED FOR WWII VETERANS. 12 inches tall slim volume, printed paper covers, pagination 465-503, 14 line figures, 7 full-page plates with facing pages of descriptive text. Light soiling of covers, ink catalog number upper corner of cover, corners bumped, binding tight, text unmarked, very good. JOHN ZACHARY YOUNG (1907-1997) was an English zoologist and neurophysiologist, described as one of the most influential biologists of the 20th century. Most of Young's scientific research was on the nervous system. He discovered the squid giant axon and the corresponding squid giant synapse. His work in the 1930s on signal transmission in, and the fibre structure of, nerves inspired the work of Sir Andrew Huxley and Sir Alan Hodgkin for which they received a Nobel prize. During World War II, responding to the large number of nerve injuries sustained by soldiers in combat and drawing on his work in comparative anatomy and the regrowth of damaged nerves in squids and octopuses, Young set up a unit at the University of Oxford to study nerve regeneration in mammals. His team investigated the biochemical conditions which control nerve fibre growth and also sought ways to accelerate the repair of peripheral nerves severed by injury. Working with Peter Medawar, Young found a way to rejoin small peripheral nerves using a glue of plasma. This method was eventually modified and used in surgery.
Title: Fused neurons and synaptic contacts in the giant nerve fibres of cephalopods
Edition: First edition offprint issue from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B. Biological Sciences, 25 May, 1939
Publisher: London, Cambridge University Press: 1939
Item: 1.00 lbs
Seller ID: 704