A History of Regeneration Research: Milestones in the Evolution of a Science

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Charles E. Dinsmore
Cambridge University Press, Oct 25, 1991 - Science - 228 pages
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In the eighteenth century, the phenomenon of animal regeneration captured the attention and imagination of the era's leading naturalists and intellectuals. Importantly, their research of the phenomenon spurred the transition from the descriptive science of natural history to modern experimental zoology. A History of Regeneration Research chronicles this crucial evolutionary period in the history of developmental biology, offering an insightful analysis of the milestones in regeneration research. The book is not only an account of leading researchers and their seminal discoveries in the field, but also brings together critical commentaries on the social context and philosphical commitments that shaded their interpretations. By strategically weaving content with context, the authors raise the discussion above the field of regeneration research; they explore the societal influences on the perception of Nature and shed light on the nature of the scientific enterprise itself and the way scientific discoveries are interpreted. Exploring new grounds, A History of Regeneration Research will be of great interest to historians of science as well as workers in developmental biology and medicine.
 

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Contents

some highlights in the history
25
Abraham Trembley and the origins of research
47
concepts of generation
67
Observation versus philosophical commitment
91
Regeneration 18851901 Frederick B Churchill
113
T H Morgans regeneration epigenesis
133
A history of bioelectricity in development
151
Origin of the blastema cells in epimorphic
179
a history of gradients
201
Index
219
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