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Neuroscience Nobelist Cajal Drawings at NIH

December 5th, 2014 by Mary Wood

As reported in the December 5 NIH Record, seven drawings of the Spanish scientist-artist Santiago Ramon y Cajal are now on exhibit at NIH, Porter Neuroscience Research Center.


Photographic “tiles” that reproduce details of tissue slides that Cajal prepared


Comparison of competing ideas about the composition of the nervous system.


“These drawings by Cajal, who was an artist, anatomist and is considered the father of modern neuroscience, will be inspiring to the scientists who work here.”


His advances in neuroanatomy, brain pathology and developments defining the nervous system led Cajal to provide evidence of “neuron doctrine,” which is the basis for modern neuroscience. Cajal shared (with Italian pathologist Camillo Golgi of “Golgi stain” renown) the 1906 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.


“Cajal was able to show beautiful, elegant structures of individual neurons and link the structure of those neurons to their function.”



The Cajal exhibit, developed and sponsored by Office of NIH History in the Office of Intramural Research, will be open through April.

Civil War Medicine

April 12th, 2011 by Bruce Abbott

As the nation commemorates the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, we want to remind everyone that we have a special collection dedicated to Civil War medicine at the Blaisdell Medical Library.

The Civil War Collection is the personal collection of Dr.  F.  William Blaisdell, a UC Davis emeritus professor and a founding father of modern trauma care. The Blaisdell Medical Library is named in honor of Dr. Blaisdell.

The Collection is housed in Room 1131 of the Blaisdell Medical Library, and is available for viewing during library hours.