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Advice for a Young Investigator by Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Neely Swanson, Larry W. Swanson

By Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Neely Swanson, Larry W. Swanson

Santiago Ramon y Cajal used to be a mythic determine in technology. Hailed because the father of recent anatomy and neurobiology, he used to be mostly liable for the trendy perception of the mind. His groundbreaking works have been New rules at the constitution of the anxious method and Histology of the worried method in guy and Vertebrates . as well as leaving a legacy of remarkable clinical examine, Cajal sought to coach the amateur scientist approximately how technology used to be performed and the way he idea it may be performed. This lately rediscovered vintage, first released in 1897, is an anecdotal consultant for the at a loss for words new investigator in addition to a fresh source for the outdated professional. Cajal used to be a pragmatist, conscious of the pitfalls of being too idealistic--and he had a feeling of humor, relatively obtrusive in his diagnoses of varied stereotypes of eccentric scientists. The publication covers every thing from worthy character features for an investigator to social elements conducive to clinical paintings.

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It is certainly true that the scientist’s fame is not as great as the playwright or artist’s glamour and popularity. People live in a world of sentiment, and it is asking too much of them to provide warmth and support for the heroes of reason. Nevertheless, scholars do have their public. It consists of the intellectual aristocracy that dwells in every country, speaks every language, and reaches the most distant of future generations. These admirable men of science do not, of course, applaud or forget themselves in torrents of emotion.

Nevertheless, if these humble fungi—whose mission is to return to the general circulation of matter those substances incorporated by the higher plants and animals—were to disappear, humans could not inhabit the planet. The far-reaching importance of attention to detail in technical methodology is perhaps demonstrated more clearly in biology than in any other sphere. To cite but one example, recall that Koch, the great German bacteriologist, thought of adding a little alkali to a basic aniline dye, and this allowed him to stain and thus discover the tubercle bacillus— revealing the etiology of a disease that had until then remained uncontrolled by the wisdom of the most illustrious pathologists.

Furthermore, we must bear in mind that because science relentlessly differentiates, the minutiae of today often become important principles tomorrow. It is also essential to remember that our appreciation of what is important and what is minor, what is great and what is small, is based on false wisdom, on a true anthropomorphic error. Superior and inferior do not exist in nature, nor do primary and secondary relationships. CHP P. CHP P. 16 Chapter 2 pleasure they give us. In the chain of life all links are equally valuable because all prove equally necessary.

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