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    Marco Piccolino, Marco Bresadola ; translated by Nicholas Wade.
    Digital : OSO2013
    Foreword -- Authors' preface to the Italian edition -- Authors' preface to the English edition -- Acknowledgments -- Bibliographical note -- 1. Galvani, Volta and the forgotten electrophysiology -- 2. "Truth and usefulness": medicine and natural philosophy in the eighteenth century -- 3. Animal spirits, vital forces, and electricity: nervous conduction and muscular motion in the eighteenth century -- 4. Artificial electricity, the spark, and the nervous fluid: Galvani's early research on muscular motion -- 5. A "fortunate" discovery: Galvani's theory of animal electricity -- 6. The controversy between Galvani and Volta over animal electricity: the first stage -- 7. The controversy between Galvani and Volta over animal electricity: the second stage -- 8. The electrophysiological work of Alessandro Volta -- 9. From Galvani to Hodgkin and beyond: the central problem of electrophysiology in the last two centuries -- 10. Neuromuscular excitability: the modern explanation -- 11. Concluding remarks.