Emil du Bois-Reymond vs Ludimar Hermann

Comptes Rendus Biologies 329 (5-6):340-347 (2006)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
This essay recounts a controversy between a pioneer electrophysiologist, Emil du Bois-Reymond (1818–1896), and his student, Ludimar Hermann (1838–1914). Du Bois-Reymond proposed a molecular explanation for the slight electrical currents that he detected in frog muscles and nerves. Hermann argued that du Bois-Reymond's ‘resting currents’ were an artifact of injury to living tissue. He contested du Bois-Reymond's molecular model, explaining his teacher's observations as electricity produced by chemical decomposition. History has painted Hermann as the wronged party in this dispute. I seek to set the record straight.
No keywords specified (fix it)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2018-08-26
View upload history
References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total views
88 ( #29,551 of 43,973 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
50 ( #14,510 of 43,973 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.