"Contribucion al conocimiento de los centros nerviosos de los insectos." Offprint from Trabajos del Laboratorio de Investigaciones biologicas de la Universidad de Madrid, XIII, 1915


Published by Imprenta de Hijos de Nicolas Moya, 1915
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With numerous text illustrations and 2 folding color plates. Original printed wrappers, edges lightly faded, a small repair. Presentation copy with "Hommage des auteurs" written above the title on the front wrapper. First edition, first printing, of this rare work by the father of neuroscience. A collaboration between Cajal and his brilliant student and colleague, Domingo Sánchez (1860-1947), they here examine the central nervous system of insects with particular attention to the retina and optic center of the brain. Overwhelmed by the complexity of the retinal structure in insects, Cajal declared that in comparison to "these apparently humble representatives of life . . . the retina of the bird or the higher mammal appears as something coarse, rude, and deplorably elementary" (Horns, 577). In fact, it was in studying this membrane that he famously admitted that "my faith in Darwinism weakened, being amazed and confounded by the supreme constructive ingenuity revealed not only in the retina and in the dioptric apparatus of the vertebrates but even in the meanest insect eye" (Horns, 576).Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934), the eminent Spanish histologist, was fundamental to modern neurological research, especially his work in mapping the neurones and their structural interrelations in the retina, brain and spinal cord. He shared the Nobel Prize in 1906 with Golgi for their work on the structure of the nervous system. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: "Contribucion al conocimiento de los centros...
Publisher: Imprenta de Hijos de Nicolas Moya
Publication Date: 1915

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