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Localization of Activity in the Brain

Nature volume 143, page 691 (22 April 1939) | Download Citation



IN his Ferrier Lecture to the Royal Society, Prof. E. D. Adrian (Proc. Roy. Soc., B, 126, 433; 1939) traces the development of the electro-physiological methods of investigation and analysis of the activities of the cerebral cortex from the discovery of the electrical excitability of the brain by Fritsch and Hitzig in 1870. This discovery led to Ferrier's classical work on cerebral localization, the main facts of which have never been seriously questioned, and, indirectly, to the modern method of study of cerebral function, the recording and analysis of the waves of electrical potential, which are the inevitable accompaniment of cortical activity.

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