Purkinje, Jan

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Jan Evangelista Purkinje or Purkyně (1787–1869) has fascinated students from many disciplines, but he is perhaps best known for his early descriptions of cells, some of which bear his name: there are Purkinje cells in the cerebellum and Purkinje fibers surrounding the heart. He is recognized by physiologists, who admire his attempts to relate structure to function, by neuropharmacologists for his heroic experiments on self-administered drugs, and by forensic scientists for identifying different patterns of fingerprints. Purkinje's experiments on his own vision commenced when he was a student in Prague; he sought to describe a range of subjective visual phenomena and to account for them in objective terms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences
EditorsMichael J. Aminoff, Robert B. Daroff
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851581, 9780123851574
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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