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Cajal's butterflies of the soul : science and art

Author: Javier DeFelipe; Santiago Ramón y Cajal
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book contains a collection of more than 300 beautiful figures dated from 1859 to 1932 with the aim to demonstrate to the general public that the study of the nervous system is not only important  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Javier DeFelipe; Santiago Ramón y Cajal
ISBN: 9780195392708 0195392701
OCLC Number: 600775614
Description: XX, 402 Seiten
Contents: PART I: INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTORY REMARKS The beauties of the nervous system: neurons and glial cells A note on the illustration.A SKETCH HISTORY OF THE MICROSCOPIC ANATOMY OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEMBEFORE THE DISCOVERY OF THE "REAZIONE NERA" SECTION 1 : THE BENEDICTINE PERIOD: THE EARLY DAYS Globules, granules, corpuscles (nerve cells): key elements of the nervous system Relationship between nerve cells and nerve fibers: development of microanatomical methods The reticular theory SECTION 2: THE BLACK PERIOD: NEURONS, GLIA AND ORGANIZATION OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM The discovery of the reazione nera The Golgi method, Cajal, Maestre de San Juan and Simarro Cajal's first study with the Golgi method: dendrites and axons end freely The neuron doctrine and the law of dynamic polarization of nerve cells Arrows in the illustrations: the direction of the nervous currentsSECTION 3: THE COLORFUL PERIOD: INTERNAL STRUCTURE AND CHEMISTRY OF THE CELLS On the early use of selective colorants to study the nervous system The first explosion of colors: normal and altered cytology of neural cells The second explosion of colors: Fluorescence microscopy and confocal laser scanning microscopy The third explosion of colors: the green fluorescent protein and the Brainbow CLOSING COMMENTS ON BRAIN AND ART BIBLIOGRAPHYPART II: GALLERY OF DRAWINGSSECTION 1. THE BENEDICTINE PERIOD: THE EARLY DAYS FIGURE LEGENDS AND BIBLIOGRAPHY SECTION 2. THE BLACK PERIOD: NEURONS, GLIA AND ORGANIZATION OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM FIGURE LEGENDS AND BIBLIOGRAPHY SECTION 3. THE COLORFUL PERIOD: INTERNAL STRUCTURE AND CHEMISTRY OF THE CELLS FIGURE LEGENDS AND BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX
Other Titles: Butterflies of the soul
Responsibility: Javier DeFelipe.

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The book is an education in the fundamental concepts behind today's brain research as well as an inspired vision of science as an artistic and aesthetic enterprise. * Gordon M. Shepherd, MD, DPhil, Read more...

 
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