Women and Science

Brazier, Mary A. B. | A History of Neurophysiology in the 19th Century

  • First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Edward & Marthẽ, my great friends, Mary A. B. Brazier”.

    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).

  • New York: Raven Press, 1988.

    Tall quarto. Original burgundy boards, titles to spine gilt. Illustrations throughout the text. Spine very slightly rolled, lower corner bumped. An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed jacket with a short closed split at the bottom of the lower panel and a few tiny creases.