A Short History of the Synapse – Golgi Versus Ramón y Cajal

  • Michael HortschEmail author
The history of the synapse started not only as a struggle between two ideas but also as a feud between the two founding fathers of modern neuroscience, the Italian Camillo Golgi (1843–1926) and the Spaniard Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1851–1934). Preceding their groundbreaking portrayals of the nervous system structure, Robert Remak (1815–1865), Theodore Schwann (1810–1882), Otto Friedrich Karl Deiters (1834–1863), and others had published only rudimentary histological descriptions of nerves and of some other parts of the nervous system.


Electrical Synapse Synaptic Signal Neuronal Synapse Silver Chromate Cellular Signaling Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cell and Development BiologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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