Scharrer, Ernst & Berta | Neuroendocrinology.

  • First edition, first printing and a very attractive copy of this “seminal, comprehensive monograph” by the founders of neuroendocrinology (Ogilvie, Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science, p. 1158). From the library of prominent American psychologist Henry Guze, with his ownership inscription on the front endpapers.

    “There are very few scientists whose discoveries have marked the advent of a new discipline. Berta Scharrer was one of these pioneers. Her scientific career was crowned with great success. The concept of neurosecretion (the storage, synthesis and release of hormones from neurons) developed by Ernst and Berta Scharrer between 1928 and 1937 formed the foundation for contemporary neuroendocrinology... Today we know that secretory nerve cells are widely distributed over the whole nervous system” and “serve to maintain the organism and preserve the species” (Ogilvie). Scharrer was the recipient of honorary degrees from eleven institutions, including Harvard, and “among her numerous medals and prizes were the Kraepelin Gold Medal of the Max Planck Society, the Schleiden Mdal of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the National Medal of the Science of the United States of America” (Ogilvie).

    The previous owner of this copy, Henry Guze, “specialized in psychosomatic illness, schizophrenia and disorders of sexual behavior. He was a founder of The American Academy of Psychotherapists and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and co‐founder and former president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex” (New York Times obituary, July 4, 1970).

  • New York & London: Columbia University Press, 1963.

    Octavo. Original teal cloth, title to spine in gilt on light blue ground, publisher’s logo to upper board in blind. With the dust jacket. 3 plates, illustrations and diagrams within the text. Ownership inscriptions of Henry Guze to the front endpapers. An excellent copy in the jacket that is lightly rubbed and faded along the spine panel, with two short closed tears to the upper panel and light dampstain affecting the lower panel.