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Soups or Sparks: The Battle Over Neuronal Communication

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Chemical synaptic transmission between nerons is a basic princle of todays neuropharmocology. But during the first half of the 1900s there was a great scientific battle between those who believed synaptic transmission and those who were sure taht neurons communicated electrically. It was a battle between the nobility of medical science, the physiologist and the pharmacologist. Physiologist saw themselves as practicing an elevated discipline, and they looked down on pharmacologist who worked with " spit, sweat, snot, and urine." Discoveries came from hard work, through inspiration and, with at least one investigator, in dreams. Nobel Prizes were awarded to investigators on both sides of the controversy. this talk will explore the scientific and personal conflicts that were part of this controversy.

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