Based on original research, this mograph is the first to portray the fascinating life of Bernhard Pollack (1865-1928), a pioneer neurohistologist, ophthalmologist, and world-class pianist. In doing so, it revives important scientists and musicians of fin-du-siecle Berlin. Pollack wrote the first standard reference on the staining methods for the nervous system (1897). Born into a Prussian-Jewish family, he received his pia education from Moritz Moszkowski and his pathology education from Carl Weigert. Pollack worked at the Institutes of W. Waldeyer (anatomy), E. Mendel (neuropsychiatry), Nobel laureate R. Koch (infectious diseases), and the Eye Clinic of P. Silex, before becoming Professor of Ophthalmology at Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat in 1919. English translations of two articles by Pollack, on musical memory and on Moszkowski, are included. The book also chronicles the founding by Pollack of the Berliner Arzte-Orchester, who in 2011 celebrate their centennial.
Professor L. C. Triarhou chairs IBRO's History of Neuroscience Committee. He studied medicine (MD, Aristotelian University), brain research (MSc, University of Rochester) and neurobiology (PhD, Indiana University), as well as theory of music and piano at Conservatoire National de Thessalonique and the Eastman School of Music. In 1995 he was awarded the Science Prize of the Bodossakis Foundation.