Les nouvelles idées sur la structure du Système Nerveux chez l'homme et chez les vertés
RAMON Y CAJAL, SANTIAGO
Paris Reinwald 1894 8vo. Original issue in wrappers bound in cloth binding. Collation: xvi, 200  pp. with 49 illustrations in text from the author's own drawings. This is a translation of the Spanish edition by L. Azoulay. The text and figures are very good. Very Good Original Wraps (Item ID: 000027)
This is a major work by Ramon y Cajal which "… sets out the cytological and histological foundations of modern neurology. His descriptions of the cerebral cortex are still the most authorative." (G&M 1293.1 ). The present work is a greatly expanded text from the earlier Spanish and French editions of Ramon y Cajal's research. Eimas notes that this work "contains forty-nine illustrations of cells and tissue strata as well as much detail on handling, staining and interpretation of studies of prepared specimens. The preface is by Mathias Marie Duval (1844-1907) who discovered the technique of fixation of tissue in collodion blocks for sectioning and microscopic study." Ramón y Cajal is recognized as one of the great histologists of all time, particularly for his fundamental studies on the cellular structure of the nervous system. He was born in Petilla de Aragon, a small village in the Spanish Pyrenees. Ramón y Cajal studied medicine at Zaragoza, where he received his degree in 1873. After service in the Spanish Army in Cuba, he obtained a doctor's degree from Madrid and in 1877 was appointed professor of anatomy at Zaragoza. His career was interrupted for a time because of pulmonary tuberculosis, after which he served as professor of anatomy at Valencia, professor of histology at Barcelona, and in 1892 he assumed the chair of histology and pathological anatomy at Madrid. Together with Golgi, Ramón y Cajal was awarded the Nobel prize in 1906 for their many contributions into man's understanding of the structure and function of the nervous system. Making his own improvements on Golgi's stain techniques, Ramón y Cajal discovered cells and structures in the nervous system that had never before been seen. He chronicled the life history, structure, and working mechanism of the neuron and, in so doing, created an histological approach to the study of the central nervous system. His work and ideas were expressed in over two hundred papers and close to fifteen books. (Heirs, 2144) (Garrison-Morison, 1293.1 -Spanish edition; Heirs of Hipocrates, 2144; Waller 7735).