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The Concept of Neuroglia: A Historical Perspective

Helmut Kettenmann and Bruce R. Ransom

in Neuroglia

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Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152227
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199865024 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152227.003.0001
                   The Concept of Neuroglia: A Historical Perspective

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This chapter provides a historical perspective that highlights the early period of glial research. Topics covered include Virchow's invention of the term neuroglia in 1856, Heinrich Müller' picture of a glial cell, stellate cells in white and gray matter, and Camillo Golgi's description of cells with characteristic features of astrocytes and oligodendrocytes.

Keywords: glial research; neuroglia; Heinrich Müller; glial cells; stellate cells; astrocytes; oligodendrocytes

Chapter.  8620 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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