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Cajal's Butterflies of the Soul: Science and Art

Javier DeFelipe


This book contains a large collection of beautiful figures produced throughout the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, which represent some characteristic examples of the early days of research in neuroscience. The main aim of this work is to demonstrate to the general public that the study of the nervous system is not only important for the many obvious reasons related to brain function in both health and disease, but also for the unexpected natural beauty that it beholds. This beauty has been discovered thanks to the techniques used to visualize the microscopic structure of the brain, a ... More

Keywords: research in neuroscience, nervous system, brain function, microscopic structure, neural cells, Cajal, artists, esthetic sensibility, pioneers in neuroscience, drawings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195392708
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195392708.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Javier DeFelipe, author
Instituto Cajal (CSIC)