This book throws a penetrating light on the life and work of the physiologist turned neurologist G.G.J. Rademaker against the background of flourishing clinical research in the Netherlands of the early twentieth century. It charts the rise and fall of the branch of experimental neurophysiology of which Rademaker was a master, which was transmitted from Charles Sherrington in England to Rudolf Magnus at Utrecht and then to Rademaker, Magnus’s most talented pupil. Reaching its apogee in the 1920s and 1930s, it was replaced after World War II by other less invasive approaches. This biography is a fitting memorial to a man who, though somewhat neglected in his own land, was recognised as a genius by his peers worldwide.
Leon A.H. Hogenhuis, MD PhD, was born in Roermond (NL) in 1927, graduated M.D. in 1955 and PhD-DSc in 1969 at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Leiden, from 1956-1957 Assistant in Clinical Neurology, University Hospital Leiden (Prof. Dr. G.G.D. Rademaker), from 1957-1958 Chief Assistant in Clinical Neurology, University Hospital Leiden (Prof. Dr. W. Verhaart), from 1958-1959
Assistant-étranger, Hospice de la Salpêtrière, Paris (Prof. R. Garcin). Entered in Register of Physicians and Surgeons, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, The Hague, 1962 and in Register of Specialists in Neurology and Psychiatry (i.e. Neuropathology and Psychopathology) of the Royal Dutch Medical Association, Amsterdam, 1962. He published extensively in Dutch and foreign scientific books and journals.
"In our present times of image-mediated brain-centredness, Hogenhuis' book hopefully may contribute against too much forgetting on part of the professional historians of neuroscience."
Studium 2:4 (2009) 237-238.
Table of contents
Michel D. Ferrari,
Leiden University Medical Centre
How to Use this Book
List of Illustrations
BOOK I. Account of the Biographical Approach and Sources Used. Definition
BOOK II. Experimental Physiology. Work in Magnus’ Laboratory -‘Körperstellung’. The Facts
BOOK III. Physiology Leiden after Einthoven
BOOK IV. Wartime. The Philosophy behind Resistance. In memoriam Jan Mulders. Development of the Idea of Civitas Academica
BOOK V. Rademaker the Man
BOOK VI. The End of Postural Research. A Short Summary with Chronology
BOOK VII. The Intellectual Climate in the Netherlands
BOOK VIII. ‘On the Origin of Movement’. History
BOOK IX. Geometrical – Trigonometrical Clue
Epilogue: Four Epiphanies
L’anecdote est le pretexte et l’histoire de l’intimité
Conclusion on the Model of Cognition Presented
For all those interested in intellectual history, in the history of science, in particular the Golden Age of Dutch physiology in the 19th century with Nobel prizes for Einthoven, Magnus and its spreading to in particular Anglosaxon countries.