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Les neurofibrilles d'apres la méthode et les travaux de S. Ramón y Cajal
La presse médicale July 23, 1904, Paris - Number 59 of this serial, in curious edition of two gatherings, showing equivalent pagination (pp. 465-472) and colophons, but with headings set in two different styles of type. One of the gatherings with masthead, table of contents, and with 5 of its pages devoted almost exclusively to advertisements (with separation at fold), the second gathering featuring the 4 page article by Azoulay, richly-illustrated by 9 neuro-anatomical images provided to the journal by Cajal himself. This copy preserved in remarkable state. After phrenology, and its various attempts to sketch the brain—through organs, professional attire, and behavioural patterns; all the while firmly rooted in the skull—there was a fundamental reset in the imagery of neuro-anatomy at the turn-of-the-century. While mid-nineteenth century critics might have mocked phrenologists for their belief in localized brain functions, the neuro-anatomists of the twentieth century were prepared to acknowledge localization, and push beyond it, in incredibly abstract ways. For the twentieth century, it wasn't the phrenological bust, nor the symbolical head: but the silhouettes of axons and dendrites; the choreography of electricity, chemicals, and information. The fundamental turning point in this history was marked by the 1906 Nobel Prize in Physiology, which was co-awarded to competitors Santiago Ramón y Cajal and Camillo Golgi; with the former having refined the cinematic technique of the Golgi stain—being the hardening of brain tissue with potassium and ammonia, before submerging it into a solution of silver nitrate. Cajal was the first to embrace neuro-portraiture, as the structures of the brain were redrawn under Cajal's "objective" microscope. And the soul became even more ethereal. In the present article, two years before the co-Nobel Prize, Azoulay provides the first summary of Cajal's new techniques of visualization for the French medical public, drawn upon works from Cajal that had only been published in Spanish at that time. For this publishing effort, Cajal himself provided La presse médicale with the nine "clichés" that illustrate this text, with supremely surreal style, as the brain finally outgrows the skull. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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