‘The Integrative Action of the Nervous System’ and other works: The beautiful writing style of Sir Charles Sherrington

Sir Charles Sherrington is one of the greatest names in the history of neuroscience, and especially in neurophysiology. His book ‘The Integrative Action of the Nervous System’ – dating from a series of lectures in Yale (1906) is still an absolutely amazing read. Sherrington was a most beautiful and elegant writer. Introducing the term ‘the synapse’,… Read More

The awesomeness of ocular anatomy and physiology: the scleral membrane and the oculocephalic reflex as defenses against insult

Today brings one of those dismal events that afflict us all from time-to-time: a stupid accident that makes you deeply thankful for that combined achievement of evolution – a tough scleral membrane and the oculocephalic reflex. Moving furniture outside, I manage to stab myself in the dorsolateral aspect of my right eye while bending down to… Read More