Neural Mechanisms of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems.
by RASMUSSEN, Grant Lister (1904-); William Frederick WINDLE (1898-1985) (editors).
Springfield:: Charles C. Thomas, 1960., 1960. Series: National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness, Symposia in Neuroanatomical Sciences. 8vo. xiv, 422 pp. 225 figures, index. Green gilt-stamped cloth, dust-jacket; jacket torn. Very good book with worn jacket. Proceedings of the three-day conference of the title, held at The Stone House, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda Maryland, June 11, 12, 13, 1959. With two tipped-in additions to the book: [I]: ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHIC portrait taken by Jean Desmedt [Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium], "Auditory conference, 3 men [conference attendees, unidentified – possibly one or both of the authors] talking to [Rafael] Lorente de Nó (his back turned), Bethesda, June 12, 1959." [II]: New York Times printed obituary of Nobel Laureate George von Bekesy [contributed "Experimental models of the cochlea with and without nerve supply"], taped to blank leaf opposite essay [Chapter 1]. Conference Program laid in. / "Grant L. Rasmussen was born on July 22, 1904 in Cleveland, Utah. His academic path to becoming Chief, Section of functional Neuroanatomy, Laboratory of Neuroanatomical Sciences, in the division of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness of the National Institutes of Health (NINBD), began with a strong interest in research and anatomy as a premedical student. Rasmussen was a premedical student at the University of Utah, graduating in 1928 with a major in Zoology. His keen aptitude for research led him to a teaching fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the Department of Anatomy, where he improved his research skills under Andrew T. Rasmussen (no relation) in the field of neuroanatomy. It was here that Rasmussen developed his long term interest in studying the auditory system and its pathways. Among his most memorable contributions is his discovery and description of a nerve tract, called Rasmussen's Bundle, which is responsible for changing the sensitivity of the inner ear. In 1965, three NIH scientists received European awards for their scientific achievements. Rasmussen was awarded the Docteur Honoris Causa degree by the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) for his research achievements on the auditory system. This distinguished award was followed with another, the Beltone Institute Award in 1976 for scientific progress in understanding the central aspects of auditory centrifugal control. He retired from the National Institutes of Health in 1970." – From the guide to the Grant L. Rasmussen Papers, 1933-1985 (bulk 1944-1978), (History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine). / "William Frederick Windle, Ph.D., D.Sc. (1898-1985), born and educated in the U.S. Midwest, became an eminent neuroscientist working on both coasts and welcomed internationally. Dr. Windle did his undergraduate studies at Denison University in Ohio. His plans for a medical career were turned aside after two years in medical school by his long and fruitful collaboration with Stephen Walter Ranson of the Institute of Neurology, Northwestern University. That collaboration started in 1921, led to Windle's Ph.D. degree in anatomy from Northwestern and, some twenty years later, to the directorship of that same Institute of Neurology." – UCLA Biomedical Library. His achievement in neurology was with the study of asphyxia at birth and the new understanding of brain damage and related autism and auditory problems. / Photo reference: Rafael Lorente de Nó (1902-1990), a student of two Nobel Prize winners, Santiago Ramon y Cajal and Robert Barany, in Sweden, was a Spanish neuroscientist who advanced our understanding of the nervous system with his seminal research. "Dr. Lorente's most significant work, said Dr. Hiroshi Asanuma, a brain physiologist at Rockefeller University, was determining the structure and function of the cerebral cortex, the outer layer of the brain that is the seat of sensations, actions, memory and intelligence." – NY Times Obituary April 6, 1990. See also: Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, v.79.
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