The Anatomist’s Eye

Alan J. McComas

in Galvani’s Spark

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751754
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897094 | DOI:
The Anatomist’s Eye

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After an adventurous boyhood, Ramon y Cajal is persuaded by his father to study medicine. Inspired by the results of the Golgi staining method, he commences a thorough study of the structure of the nervous system, not only in man but in a variety of other species. Two of his conclusions are that the nerve cells are separate from each other, and that nerve impulses proceed from the dendrites to the axon. Frustrated with the limited recognition of his work, Cajal attends a meeting of anatomists in Germany and is finally accepted as a pioneer. Camillo Golgi, however, is skeptical of Cajal’s conclusions and makes this clear when they share the Nobel Prize in 1906.

Keywords: Ramon y Cajal; Golgi stain; Camillo Golgi; dendrites; retina; cerebellum

Chapter.  4886 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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