Herbert Spencer Gasser, 1888 - 1963
Photo by Kajiwara Studio, St. Louis, Missouri (ca. 1955)
Born: 5 July 1888, Platteville, Wisconsin
Died: 11 May 1963, New York City
Herbert Gasser quotes:
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- Forget the times of your distress, but never forget what they taught you. permalink
- We have seen that the cytoplasm of nerve has a fluid consistency. Hence its molecules are free to move. According to the thermodynamic principle known as the Gibbs-Thompson rule, any substance in the interior of a liquid which will reduce the free energy of the surface of the liquid, will be concentrated in the surface. The composition of the surface is, therefore, determined by the composition of the fluid from which it is formed; and as the rule is one having universal application, it must hold also for the cytoplasm of nerve. We must think of the surface membrane, then, as a structure which is in equilibrium with the interior of the axon, or at least as one which deviates from equilibrium only because, for dynamic reasons, equilibrium cannot be attained. permalink
Electrical Signs of Nervous Activity with Joseph Erlanger (1937)
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