The Hidden Structure: A Scientific Biography of Camillo Golgi / Edition 1

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Camillo Golgi (1843-1926) is widely regarded as one of the founders of modern neuroscience. In 1873, he discovered the black reaction — a histological stain which proved to be a revolutionary method for studying the structure of the nervous system. To this day, the Golgi stain is widely used. And for every student of medicine or biology, Golgi's name is synonymous with one of the basic structures in the cell: Golgi Apparatus. He discovered the apparatus in 1898 and, as a result, is among the most widely cited biologist in scientific literature. But this was only one of Golgi's many contributions to scientific research. He also devised a system for the classification of neurons on the basis of axonal distribution, identified a type of cell in the cerebellum, and described the malarial cycle in the human. His discoveries were rich with therapeutic implications, and his remarkable achievements earned him a Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1906. Most books of biology or medicine point out that Golgi is one of the giants of 19th Century scientific endeavor, but he continues to remain a relatively unknown figure in the history of neuroscience and cell biology.
This long-awaited biography, in a new translation from the Italian, is a fascinating analysis of Golgi's experiments, ideas, and personal life. It is welcomed by anyone who has ever learned about his brilliant discoveries but wondered about Golgi, the person. In fact, all those with an interest in the history of science, and cell biology in particular, as well as those involved in neuroscience, medicine, and biochemistry will benefit from this book.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Camillo Golgi (1843-1926) was awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1906 for his achievements in the nascent science of neurobiology. This biography, although occasionally mentioning personal details, focuses almost exclusively on Golgi's scientific work discovering and describing such structures and processes of neuroanatomy as the Golgi apparatus, a cellular structure involved in protein glycosylation and transport. Translated and revised from the Italian work . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198524441
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 407
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
1. Introduction: between revolution and conservatism
2. From the mountains of Valcamonica to the University of Pavia
3. The University of Pavia Medical School before Golgi
4. The morphological choice
5. A small circle of Dante
6. The black silhouette
7. Neurohistology and neurophysiology before the 'black reaction'
8. Finding a way out of the labyrinth
9. Professor at Pavia
10. The structure of the central nervous system
11. Controversies and various studies
12. The secret of the intermittent fevers
13. The prophets of the neuron
14. Seemingly a matter of priority
15. Protoplasmic pantheism
16. Golgi versus Cajal: holism versus reductionism at the dawn of the neurosciences
17. A tranquil laboratory life
18. The threat from Milan
19. The Golgi apparatus
20. The laboratory where a discovery is made every day
21. Siamese twins joined at the shoulder
22. Back to research
23. The veil of Isis
24. Working unto death Appendix References Index

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