Eine neue Methode zum Studium des Faserverlaufs im Centralnervensystem. Offprint.
by Freud, Sigmund
1884. Freud, Sigmund (1856-1939). Eine neue Methode zum Studium des Faserverlaufs im Centralnervensystem. Offprint from Archiv für Anatomie und Physiologie, Anatomische Abth. (1884). 453-460pp. 234 x 157 mm. Original pink printed wrappers, edges a bit chipped, cardboard slip stamped “383” tipped to back wrapper. Very good. Presentation Copy, inscribed by Freud to Josef Herzig (1853-1924) on the front wrapper: “Seinem lieben Freunde Dr. Josef Herzig d. Verf.” The Haskell F. Norman copy, with his bookplate. First Edition, Rare Offprint Issue. Freud’s full account of his method of staining nerve tissue with gold chloride, a technique that has (with modifications) been recently revived after falling out of favor in the early part of the 20th century. “In 1884 [Freud] published three works on a simple gold chloride stain which he described as a modification of an unreliable procedure, given by Flechsig (1876) but later abandoned by him . . . After months of laborious efforts to modify Flechsig’s protocol, Freud published the method in a short preliminary paper; a similar, short English version simultaneously appeared in Brain. A much more detailed paper [this one] appeared later that year in the Archiv für Anatomie und Physiologie, Anatomische Abteilung . . . Freud was delighted in his discovery, and described his excitement and the enthusiasm of his colleagues in his letters to his fiancée” (Quinn and Graybiel, p. 36). Freud presented this copy to Josef Herzig, professor of chemistry at the University of Vienna and one of Freud’s lifelong friends. Gay, Freud: A Life for our Time. Grinstein 30. Jones I, p. 223. Norman F6. Quinn and Graybiel, “Myeloarchitectonics of the primate caudate-putamen,” in Percheron et al., eds., The Basal Ganglia IV: New Ideas and Data on Structure and Function (2012), pp. 35-41. (Inventory #: 44069)
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