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Baron Constantin von Economo: His Life and Work. By His Wife and Prof. J. von Wagner-Jauregg. Translated from the second German edition by Ramsay Spillman.

ECONOMO, Constantin von 1876-1931) ECONOMO, Karoline von:

Published by Burlington: Free Press Interstate Printing Corp., 1937., 1937
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First Edition in English (1st German ed., Vienna: Mayer, 1932; 2nd German ed., 1934). Frontispiece, x, 126 pp; illus.; 19 figs. Original cloth. Some fading along spine and edges of covers. Signature of same former owner (Robert H. Enders) on front pastedown and flyleaf. Else Very Good. Pp. 124-6 = Economo bibliography, containing 69 entries (far from complete, and evidently incorrect co-authorship is attributed to no. 25 on p. 125; see Lazaros C. Triarhou, 'The percipient observations of Constantin von Economo on encephalitis lethargica and sleep disruption and their lasting impact on contemporary sleep research', Brain Research Bulletin, Vol. 69, Issue 3, 14 April 2006, pp. 244-258). Julius Wagner-Jauregg: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1927, 'for his discovery of the therapeutic value of malaria inoculation in the treatment of dementia paralytica.' 'Wagner-Jauregg was judged by his pupils and friends to be rather reserved, cool and aloof, but was generally respected, and all his students were proud to work under him. He worked very hard and conscientiously, and was well known for his sense of justice. Among his numerous pupils should be mentioned C. von Economo, who in 1917 isolated epidemic encephalitis (since then also called Economo's disease) - a discovery giving rise to the abolishment of certain classical views in neurology' (Biography of Wagner-Jauregg on the Nobel Foundation Web site). 'In 1906 [Economo] returned to the psychiatric clinic of Julius Wagner von Jauregg (1857-1940) and became his assistant. He also became a balloon pilot and, in 1908, one of the first Austrian airplane pilots. Being the holder of a field pilot certificate, he served as a pilot on the South Tyrol front during World War I, receiving several distinctions. In 1916 he was ordered back to Vienna to treat brain injuries in the clinic of Wagner von Jauregg and commenced his studies of encephalitis' (Who Named It? Web site). 'The neurological studies of von Economo include the discovery of a new nosological entity, encephalitis lethargica, with which his name is forever linked ('von Economo disease'). Based on a percipient analysis of pathoanatomical material from patients with encephalitis lethargica who manifested with either insomnia or somnolence, von Economo deduced the existence of distinct centres in the brain for the regulation of sleep and wakefulness. He presented a synthesis of his ideas in a series of lectures in New York in 1929 and at the First International Neurological Congress held in Berne in 1931. Constantin von Economo was nominated three times for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of encephalitis lethargica. . . . those studies have exerted and continue to exert the highest impact among von Economo's publications . . . His remaining 76 works of an annotated total of 139 scientific publications deal with brain structure, evolution and intelligence, as well as general works on nervous and mental pathology' (Abstract of Triarhou). Bookseller Inventory # 17204

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Title: Baron Constantin von Economo: His Life and ...

Publisher: Burlington: Free Press Interstate Printing Corp., 1937.

Publication Date: 1937

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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