Beginnings: Cajal and the Neuron Theory (1889–1909)

Joseph D. Robinson

in Mechanisms of Synaptic Transmission

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137613
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848164 | DOI:
Beginnings: Cajal and the Neuron Theory (1889–1909)

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This chapter describes selected developments between the meeting of the German Anatomical Society in Berlin in 1889 and the publication twenty years later of Santiago Ramón y Cajal's treatise on the regeneration in the nervous system. Cajal formulated one of the early arguments for the Neuron Theory from studying the embryological development of nerve cells, particularly the sequential growth of their processes. In the two decades following Cajal's mission to Berlin, a flourishing research program was established, rooted in the neuron, the fundamental morphological and functional unit of the nervous system.

Keywords: Cajal; nervous system; Neuron Theory; nerve cells; neuron

Chapter.  11381 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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