Nervous system

1889 Nervous system

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Camillo Golgi, Santiago Ramón y Cajal neuroscience Nervous system

Nervous system

Golgi’s method

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Camillo Golgi and Joseph von Gerlach were proponents of the reticular theory—that the ends of axons of nerve cells fuse with other nerve cells to form a continuous “fine nerve fibre network.” Santiago Ramón y Cajal proved them wrong. Cajal established the neuron theory—that each nerve cell is self-contained but communicates with other cells. Eventually, the connection between the axon and other cells was named the synapse by Charles Sherrington.

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