Posted by Elizabeth on February 18, 2000, at 1:43:40
In reply to Re: Freud and his relevance, posted by Adam on February 17, 2000, at 22:39:45
> Never heard of the guy.
Exactly -- everybody's heard of Freud. Yet while I do think Freud (though wrong on many counts) made some important contributions (not to science, but to talk therapy and literature), Cajal is the one whose name should be remembered by all, especially on this board.
At the end of the 19th century, Cajal discovered the basic structure of the nervous system and how neurotransmission works. Something else that impresses me are his detailed drawings of neurons. They can be found all over the web; one good one is at http://www.hhmi.org/senses/b/b110b-lg.htm.