Leipzig: J.A. Barth, 1900-1906. First German Edition. Cloth. 2 Volumes. Contemporary red cloth an d quarter brown pebble clothe and marble boards. Both volumes in ver good condition with only minor rubbing or bump (bottom of spine and upper corners of second volume). The 2 contain the complete 5 Heft (parts) for Cajal s research on the brain. The first volume covers I-IV Heft and second volume the V Heft. Collation: I Heft- Die Sehrinde. [vi], 77, pp. mit 24 Abb. 1900; II Heft- Die Bewegungsrinde. [vi], 113 , pp. mit 31 Abb. 1900;III Heft- Die Hörrinde. [iv], 68 pp. mit 21 Abb.1902; IV Heft- Die Riechrinde beim Menschen und Säugetier. [iv] 195pp. mit 84 Abb. 1903; V Heft- Vergleichende Strukturbeschreibung und Histogenesis der Hirnrinde Anatomisch- physiologische Betrachtungen uber des Gehrin. Struktur der Nervenzellen des Gehirns. Sach- und Namenregister zu Heft 1-5. [iv], 149 pp. mit 47 Abb. and portrait of Cajal as frontispiece, 1906. The textblock of each volume is decorated with irregular geometric pattern in three colors (volume 1) or speckled (volume 2). Text is generally very good with scarce marginal or gutter small foxing spots. Provenance: Book plate of C. B. Farrar and his signature on fep with dates 1904 (Parts 1-4)& 1907 (Part 5). Very good. Item #0000705
Ramón y Cajal continued his histological studies after training under Dr. Maestre. Hn 1887 Cajal first saw examples of Golgi s silver stain...[and] immediately began to use his modification of the Golgi stain and obtained fascinating results by use of nervous tissue from embryos. Her the nerve cells and their processes stood out completely without interference from nyelinated fibers, revealing...the whole composition of the cortical gray matter. Cajal devoted untiring effort to the elucidating of the histological anatomy of the nervous system. In 1889 he presented his silver-stained specimens to the German Anatomical Congress in Berlin. Here his genius was immediately recogniaed by Kölliker. Cajal found evidence from his studies on nerve cells and fibers in the cerebellum that the nervous impulse was transmitted from one cell to another cell by contact and did not pass into a reticular network as proposed by Golgi. Cajal ultimately established that the dendrites in general receive impulses from other cells. These are then transmitted through the nerve cell via the axon to still other cells. This theory was immediately accepted by van Gehuchten and Kölliker and was recognized as one of the fundamental concepts underlying the function of the nervous system for which he was co-awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine in 1906. (Garrison s Hist. Neur. p.168-69).
Dr. Clarence B. Farrar [1874-1970] "trained under several of the foremost medical scholars of his era beginning with Osler and then at Heidelberg under Kraepelin, Nissl and Alzheimer. Farrar was hand- picked by Prof. Charles Clarke, the University's inaugural head for Psychiatry, to succeed him in both that chair and as the first Director of the Toronto Psychiatric Hospital (TPH) opening in 1925. Farrar served in those capacities until 1947.