Receptor Visionaries

Nicholas J. Wade (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Sensory receptors were described and illustrated after they had been observed with the aid of microscopes. Most descriptions were made in the 19th century after the introduction of achromatic lenses in microscopes. In some senses (like vision), receptors were named according to their morphology whereas in others (like touch), they are known by the names of those who initially described them. Illustrations of the receptors from original sources are here combined with portraits of their originators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)833-850
Number of pages18
JournalPerception
Volume47
Issue number8
Early online date17 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • anatomists
  • microanatomy
  • receptors
  • senses
  • ‘perceptual portraits’
  • History, 17th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • History, 18th Century
  • Neuroanatomy/history
  • Sensory Receptor Cells
  • Skin/anatomy & histology
  • Ear, Inner/anatomy & histology
  • Tongue/anatomy & histology
  • Medical Illustration/history
  • Retina/anatomy & histology
  • History, 19th Century
  • Nose/anatomy & histology

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