Women and Science

Brazier, Mary A. B. | The Electrical Activity of the Nervous System

  • First edition, first impression. A beautiful copy and rare in such nice condition in the dust jacket.

    Author Mary Brazier (1904-1995) was an internationally recognised neurophysiologist who also became a respected historian of science in later life. She was educated at Bedford College in London, and did important research on the nervous system, including electrical activity in thyroid disease, nerve injuries, “war neuroses”, and the effects of anaesthesia on the brain. Following the Second World War she worked with Norbert Weiner at MIT, where they developed an analog correlator to analyse EEG and other nerve potentials, then joined the Brain Research Institute at UCLA, where she continued pioneering the use of computers in neurology. “As editor of the important new journal in her field, she published an important bibliography of EEG publications ranging from 1875-1948... Her later work on the history of her field explored these early publications and extended back into the beginning of neurophysiology in the seventeenth century” (Ogilvie, pp. 174-175).

  • ...A Textbook for Students. London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1951.

    Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and publisher’s roundel to upper board gilt. With the dust jacket. Diagrams, charts, and illustrations from photographs within the text. Ownership signature and ink stamp of Henry Guze on the front free endpaper. An excellent, fresh copy in the jacket that is very lightly rubbed with a few shallow scuffs affecting the upper panel.