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Microscopic Anatomy of Sensory Receptors (2019)


Experiences following stimulation of the senses have been recorded for millennia, and they could be related to the gross anatomy of the sense organs. Examination of their microanatomy was to await the development of achromatic microscopes in the early nineteenth century. Among the microscopic structures that were isolated and described were specialized sensory cells, called receptors, and they could be related to the stimuli that excited them. Those located in well-defined sense organs (like the eyes, ears, nose, and tongue) were named on the basis of their morphology, whereas the receptors in or beneath the surface of the skin were generally named after those who first described them. Illustrations of early representations of sensory receptors are combined with “perceptual portraits” of the microanatomists who described them.

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Authors & Contributors
Joffe, Stephen N.
Pegler, D.
Passavanti, Sandro
Veronique Deblon
Somos, Mark
Chvátal, Alexandr
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Social History of Medicine
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Clio Publishing
University of Rochester Press
Princeton University Press
Edizioni ETS
Brepols Publishers
Science and art
Visual representation; visual communication
Organs; tissues
Vesalius, Andreas
Bleuland, Janus
Purkyne, Jan Evangelista
Wolff, Caspar Friedrich
Valentin, Gabriel Gustav
Swammerdam, Jan
Time Periods
19th century
17th century
18th century
20th century, early
16th century
London (England)
Rome (Italy)
Institut de France, Paris
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome)

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