The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramon y Cajal

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At the crossroads of art and science, Beautiful Brain presents Nobel Laureate Santiago Ramon y Cajal's contributions to neuroscience through his groundbreaking artistic brain imagery. Santiago Ramon y Cajal (1852-1934) was the father of modern neuroscience and an exceptional artist. He devoted his life to the anatomy of the brain, the body's most complex and mysterious organ. His superhuman feats of visualization, based on fanatically precise techniques and countless hours at the microscope, resulted in some of the most remarkable illustrations in the history of science. Beautiful Brain presents a selection of his exquisite drawings of brain cells, brain regions, and neural circuits with accessible descriptive commentary. These drawings are explored from multiple perspectives: Larry W. Swanson describes Cajal's contributions to neuroscience; Lyndel King and Eric Himmel explore his artistic roots and achievement; Eric A. Newman provides commentary on the drawings; and Janet M. Dubinsky describes contemporary neuroscience imaging techniques. The original works are housed at the Instituto Cajal in Madrid, Spain.

  • Hardcover, 208 pages
  • 90 color illustrations