Microscopic anatomy of sensory receptors

Nicholas Wade (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Experiences following stimulation of the senses have been recorded for millennia, and they could be related to the gross anatomy of the sense organs. Examination of their microanatomy was to await the development of achromatic microscopes in the early nineteenth century. Among the microscopic structures that were isolated and described were specialized sensory cells, called receptors, and they could be related to the stimuli that excited them. Those located in well-defined sense organs (like the eyes, ears, nose, and tongue) were named on the basis of their morphology, whereas the receptors in or beneath the surface of the skin were generally named after those who first described them. Illustrations of early representations of sensory receptors are combined with "perceptual portraits" of the microanatomists who described them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-306
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of the History of the Neurosciences
Volume28
Issue number3
Early online date11 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Senses
  • histologists
  • microanatomy
  • microscopes
  • perceptual portraits
  • receptors

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