Science: End Off Iceland

Late in November in the year 1825, a child was born in Paris who was to be one of the greatest neurologists of the 19th Century. Jean Martin Charcot became professor of pathological anatomy at the University of Paris, started a neurological clinic at the old Salpetriere (public hospital for the aged and insane) which wielded a potent influence in medicine and psychiatry. Charcot pooh-poohed the antique physiological theories of hysteria, probed the psychological sources through hypnotism. He differentiated the manifestations of locomotor ataxia, published researches on many another malady from gout to...

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