Nerves as Chemical Messengers

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Science  18 Nov 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5751, pp. 1120-1121
DOI: 10.1126/science.1120238

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The War of the Soups and the Sparks. The Discovery of Neurotransmitters and the Dispute over How Nerves Communicate. By Elliot S. Valenstein. Columbia University Press, New York, 2005. 255 pp. $31, £19.50. ISBN 0-231-13588-2.

Writing for nonspecialists, the author presents the story of the discovery of neurotransmitters through an account of the disputes between pharmacologists and neurophysiologists.