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George H. Bishop

Interviewer: Walter W. Walker George H. Bishop
Date: November 24, 1969
Identifier: OH004
Approximate Length: 10 min.
Biographical Information: George H. Bishop (1889-1973) received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1919 and joined the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine in 1921. His appointments included research associate and associate professor in the Department of Physiology (1921-1930), professor of Applied Physiology in the Department of Ophthalmology (1930-1932), professor of Biophysics in the Neurophysiology Laboratory (1932-1947) and professor of Neurophysiology in the Department of Neuropsychiatry (1947-1954). Bishop is known for work in the development of electroencephalography as a diagnostic tool in the understanding of epilepsy.
Summary: Bishop discusses his collaboration with Drs. Joseph Erlanger and Herbert Spencer Gasser on the properties of nerve fibers as recorded on the oscilloscope in the early 1920s at the Washington University School of Medicine.

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