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Linocut portrait of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Neuroscientist, Pathologist, Nobel Laureate and Artist of the Microscopic Structure of the Brain

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Linocut portrait of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Neuroscientist, Pathologist, Nobel Laureate and Artist of the Microscopic Structure of the Brain

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  • Handmade item
  • Subject: Science & tech
  • Framing: Unframed
  • Height: 12 Inches
  • Width: 12 Inches
  • Materials: paper, ink, washi
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This linocut portrait of neurologist Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852 - 1934) shows him as a young man in front of Purkinje and granule cells from a pigeon, based on one of his own drawings. Each print is on delicate, translucent, handmade Japanese paper with a deckle edge, 12 inches (30.5 cm) square. Cajal with and Camillo Golgi won the Nobel Prize Physiology or Medicine in 1906, "in recognition of their work on the structure of the nervous system". He was as much of an artist as he was a scientist and his hundreds of drawings are still used for teaching purposes.

He was born in 1852, in Petilla de Aragón, Navarre, Spain, the son of an anatomy teacher. He was a precocious, anti-authoritarian and rebellious child, imprisoned at 11 for destroying his neighbor's yard gate with a homemade cannon. He loved art, but his father apprenticed him to a shoemaker and barber in an attempt to teach him some discipline. During the summer of 1868, his father tried to interest him in medicine by touring graveyards and getting him to sketch bones for anatomical study. This was successful and he graduated the medical school of the University of Zaragoza in 1873. He served as a medical officer in the Spanish Army and took part in an expedition to Cuba in 1874–75. Returning to Spain, he pursued a doctorate in medicine in Madrid, graduating in 1877.

Two years later he became director of the Zaragoza Museum, and married Silveria Fañanás García. They would eventually have seven daughters and five sons. He worked at the University of Zaragoza until 1883, until he was hired as an anatomy professor at the University of Valencia. During this time he pathology of inflammation, the microbiology of cholera, and the structure of epithelial cells and tissues.

After moving to a new professorship in Barcelona, he learned Golgi's method, which employed potassium dichromate and silver nitrate to randomly stain a few neurons a dark black color, while the other cells remain transparent. He improved upon the method, and used it to investigate the central nervous system, which would otherwise be too densely intertwined for standard microscopic inspection. He made made extensive, detailed and beautiful illustrations of neural material for many species and regions of the brain.

He made many discoveries in neuroanatomy. He the axonal growth cone. He found nerve cells were not continuous, but contiguous, which supported the neuron theory, the foundation of modern neuroscience. His excellent depictions of neural structures and their connectivity lead to his discovery of the interstitial cell of Cajal (ICC), interleaved among neurons embedded in the smooth muscles of the gut, which generate and set the pace of the slow waves of contraction which move material through the gastrointestinal tract.

He moved to the university in Madrid in 1899 he became director of the Instituto Nacional de Higiene. In 1922 founder of the Laboratorio de Investigaciones Biológicas, which has since become Instituto Cajal, or the Cajal Institute, in his honour. He worked until his death at age 82, in Madrid.
This linocut portrait of neurologist Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852 - 1934) shows him as a young man in front of Purkinje and granule cells from a pigeon, based on one of his own drawings. Each print is on delicate, translucent, handmade Japanese paper with a deckle edge, 12 inches (30.5 cm) square. Cajal with and Camillo Golgi won the Nobel Prize Physiology or Medicine in 1906, "in recognition of their work on the structure of the nervous system". He was as much of an artist as he was a scientist and his hundreds of drawings are still used for teaching purposes.

He was born in 1852, in Petilla de Aragón, Navarre, Spain, the son of an anatomy teacher. He was a precocious, anti-authoritarian and rebellious child, imprisoned at 11 for destroying his neighbor's yard gate with a homemade cannon. He loved art, but his father apprenticed him to a shoemaker and barber in an attempt to teach him some discipline. During the summer of 1868, his father tried to interest him in medicine by touring graveyards and getting him to sketch bones for anatomical study. This was successful and he graduated the medical school of the University of Zaragoza in 1873. He served as a medical officer in the Spanish Army and took part in an expedition to Cuba in 1874–75. Returning to Spain, he pursued a doctorate in medicine in Madrid, graduating in 1877.

Two years later he became director of the Zaragoza Museum, and married Silveria Fañanás García. They would eventually have seven daughters and five sons. He worked at the University of Zaragoza until 1883, until he was hired as an anatomy professor at the University of Valencia. During this time he pathology of inflammation, the microbiology of cholera, and the structure of epithelial cells and tissues.

After moving to a new professorship in Barcelona, he learned Golgi's method, which employed potassium dichromate and silver nitrate to randomly stain a few neurons a dark black color, while the other cells remain transparent. He improved upon the method, and used it to investigate the central nervous system, which would otherwise be too densely intertwined for standard microscopic inspection. He made made extensive, detailed and beautiful illustrations of neural material for many species and regions of the brain.

He made many discoveries in neuroanatomy. He the axonal growth cone. He found nerve cells were not continuous, but contiguous, which supported the neuron theory, the foundation of modern neuroscience. His excellent depictions of neural structures and their connectivity lead to his discovery of the interstitial cell of Cajal (ICC), interleaved among neurons embedded in the smooth muscles of the gut, which generate and set the pace of the slow waves of contraction which move material through the gastrointestinal tract.

He moved to the university in Madrid in 1899 he became director of the Instituto Nacional de Higiene. In 1922 founder of the Laboratorio de Investigaciones Biológicas, which has since become Instituto Cajal, or the Cajal Institute, in his honour. He worked until his death at age 82, in Madrid.

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