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Book V - Rademaker the man

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In Leiden, Gysbertus Godefriedus Johannes Rademaker manifested himself as the introverted, modest scientist with high ethical standards, the ?éminence grise? of later years. Rademaker?s first disciples come from his period as professor of Physiology at Leiden. He was fascinated by the widely applicable concept of cybernetics sketched in Wiener?s book, and looked for possible applications in his own field. His scientific studies had many and varied repercussions. The ultimate consequence of Rademaker?s work was its clinical applicability, both at the bedside and in the laboratory. He received many decorations, and was an honoured representative of the Dutch scientific world at congresses abroad. Rademaker continued to see patients?Jewish or non-Jewish?on appointment throughout the war at his home in Oegstgeest. Rademaker had become the counsellor and general physician of many of his co-professors and had regular contact with them.

Keywords: cybernetics; general physician; GysbertusGodefriedus Johannes Rademaker; Leiden; modest scientist; neurophysiologists; Oegstgeest



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