2. Neurobiology at Harvard

The scientists who introduced me to the biology of the nervous system in 1961 did not reappear in my life for another six years. For various reasons, I became increasingly uncertain about how to pursue my interest in the brain, if indeed I wanted to pursue at all it. In particular, my earlier conviction that psychiatry was a good choice began to wane as my knowledge of the field waxed during the next few years. The first disillusionment came in the summer after my first year in medical school, not long after the course that Kuffler and his recruits had given us. Although there was no rule against taking the summer break between first and second year as vacation, we were encouraged by the gestalt of med school—and a ...

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