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Freud, neurology and the emergence of dynamic neural networks
  1. Matthew C Kiernan
  1. Prince of Wales Clinical School, University of New South Wales, and Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney NSW 2031, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Matthew C Kiernan, Neuroscience Research Australia, Barker Street, Randwick, Sydney, NSW 2031, Australia; m.kiernan{at}

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‘Even if the terminology is alien, the concept is not’

In the manuscript by Schott (see page 122), Freud is reclaimed for neurology by means of a simple network diagram.1 Specifically, Schott has uncovered Freud's disarmingly simple, yet perceptive description and illustration concerning the basis of what would later be considered presynaptic inhibition. The complexity of the brain, reflected by an estimated 1011 neurons connected by 1015 synapses, remains difficult to conceptualise. To simplify matters and general principles, wiring diagrams of the brain have evolved and remain in popular usage across the clinical neurosciences, none more so than in the fields of memory, cognition and movement …

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