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Can you tell me the history of the discovering the "serotonin"?

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 53 years experience
By chance.: In the early 1940's and 1950's , scientists discovered the role of neurotransmitters such as Norepinephrine for vasoconstriction, Dopamine for Parkinson's Disease and Serotonin for depression but it was not until 1988 when they discovered that selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Prozac (fluoxetine) became known to the world.
Dr. Humberto Quintana
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Sertonin: Serotonin is 1 of 4 main neurotransmitters in higher vertebrate nervous systems. The serotonin is transported via the bloodstream to the nerve cells throughout the body, but most especially in the neurons of the brain. Here they accumulate in the their minutest molecular form. The molecules mentioned serotonin is one of the 4 main neurotransmitters in higher vertebrate nervs mens mentioned, se
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Serotonin Discovery: The discovery of serotonin has a very interesting history. Since there's not nearly enough space to give it its due here, I will give you a website where you can look it up which is from the journal nature at nature.com. www.nature.com/npp/journal/v21/n1s/full/1395355a.html When reading the various stories of how serotonin was discovered, it immediately becomes apparent how ...enjoy!!!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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Aug 7, 2014

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