This is more than a biography; it is an appraisal of a remarkable man with carefully selected excerpts from his work by two equally remarkable men who were among Sherrington's distinguished group of trainees. Sherrington might well be called the father of modern neurological science, although many of his contemporaries made substantial contributions. Born in 1857, he died in 1952, and therefore, he lived during, wrote about, and reflected on the most adventuresome period in medical science.
During his life, Sherrington was held in respect, admiration, and affection by most of the great medical scientists both in England and abroad. He carried on lively discussions and correspondence with men like Rudolph Virchow, Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Sir William Osier, Sir Howard Florey, and many more. In this book we catch fascinating glimpses of these giants of medicine through Sherrington's letters.
Both Eccles and Gibson studied under Sherrington and have brought