cell doctrine

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Noun1.cell doctrine - (biology) the theory that cells form the fundamental structural and functional units of all living organisms; proposed in 1838 by Matthias Schleiden and by Theodor Schwann
scientific theory - a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
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The author has organized the main body of his text in fourteen chapters devoted to the ancient search for the soul, the discovery of the nervous system, the cell doctrine from late antiquity to the Renaissance, animal electricity as a new life force, the rise and fall of phrenology, the discovery of the nerve cell, the return of the concept of the reflex, mapping the cerebral cortex, the rise of psychology and neurology, solving the mystery of the nerve impulse, the discovery of chemical neurotransmission, neurosurgery and clinical tales, and surveying the last fifty years of neuroscience and looking ahead to future developments.
Discussions regarding protection cell doctrine have resulted in the recommendation that protection cell membership not include representation from every functional element, but that selected members form a dedicated staff capable of coordinating with appropriate personnel and special staff elements.