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By Santiago Ramón y Cajal

ISBN-10: 0262681501

ISBN-13: 9780262681506

Santiago Ramon y Cajal was once a mythic determine in technological know-how. Hailed because the father of contemporary anatomy and neurobiology, he used to be principally liable for the trendy belief of the mind. His groundbreaking works have been New principles at the constitution of the apprehensive procedure and Histology of the anxious approach in guy and Vertebrates. In addition to leaving a legacy of remarkable medical study, Cajal sought to train the amateur scientist approximately how technological know-how was once performed and the way he concept it may be performed. This lately rediscovered vintage, first released in 1897, is an anecdotal advisor for the at a loss for words new investigator in addition to a clean source for the previous pro.Cajal was once a pragmatist, conscious of the pitfalls of being too idealistic -- and he had a feeling of humor, fairly obtrusive in his diagnoses of a number of stereotypes of eccentric scientists. The publication covers every little thing from important character characteristics for an investigator to social components conducive to clinical paintings.

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Thomas has made the wise observation in his Education of the Emotions that “the idea of country, like the idea of family, is necessary, as are the feelings involved in both. They work like stimulants to progress, and they guarantee our own dignity. One struggles for the glory of his country just as one struggles for the honor of his name . . The nation, it has been said, is an indestructible element in the harmony of the world, having equal title with the province, the family, and the individual .

They cannot be destroyed by the attacks of international socialism and the ponderous studies of philosophical humanism. Passions of this kind are not discussed, they are utilized—because they generate invaluable stores of energy and sublime acts of heroism. The mission of governments and educational institutions is to channel or tame this admirable force, applying it to useful and redeeming enterprises and steering it away from the attacks and turmoil of murderous dissension. J. Thomas has made the wise observation in his Education of the Emotions that “the idea of country, like the idea of family, is necessary, as are the feelings involved in both.

But very few in each country (though more in the most civilized) take the path of scientiªc investigation, the only path that can lead us to a rational and positive explanation of man and surrounding nature. I hold that this ambition is one of the worthiest and most laudable that man can pursue because perhaps more than any other it is infused with the fragrance of universal love and charity. The contrast between the moral stance of scholars and patriots is a topic of frequent discussion. Because we live in a country that has sacriªced too much on the altar of its heroes (warriors, politicians, and members of religious orders) while forsaking (if not persecuting) its most original thinkers, may I be allowed to present a eulogy to the opposite point of view?

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