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The Hidden Structure : A Scientific Biography of Camillo Golgi - Paolo Mazzarello

The Hidden Structure

A Scientific Biography of Camillo Golgi

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Published: 1st November 1999
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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.

"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 La struttura nascosta."--SciTech Book News"This important biography describes his scientific studies in the context of their intellectual and political milieu...and places Golgi's many accomplishments within the science of his time."--Frank Freemon, JAMA"The Hidden Structure is an exceptionally valuable entry because it begins to make sense of the scientist, his science, his life and its constraints and his values. We see Golgi as a reserved researcher who is more comfortable at home, in his lab, or serving as rector for his local university than at international meetings or fancy dress occasions....It is a superb historical achievement with beautiful illustrations and a rich bibliography, enhanced since the original Italian version."--Journal of the History of Biology "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 La struttura nascosta."--SciTech Book News"This important biography describes his scientific studies in the context of their intellectual and political milieu...and places Golgi's many accomplishments within the science of his time." --Frank Freemon, JAMA, Apr 18, 2001"The Hidden Structure is an exceptionally valuable entry because it begins to make sense of the scientist, his science, his life and its constraints and his values. We see Golgi as a reserved researcher who is more comfortable at home, in his lab, or serving as rector for his local university than at international meetings or fancy dress occasions. . .It is a superb historical achievement with beautiful illustrations and a rich bibliography, enhanced since the original Italian version."--Journal of the History of Biology "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 La struttura nascosta."--SciTech Book News "This important biography describes his scientific studies in the context of their intellectual and political milieu...and places Golgi's many accomplishments within the science of his time." --Frank Freemon, JAMA, Apr 18, 2001 "The Hidden Structure is an exceptionally valuable entry because it begins to make sense of the scientist, his science, his life and its constraints and his values. We see Golgi as a reserved researcher who is more comfortable at home, in his lab, or serving as rector for his local university than at international meetings or fancy dress occasions. . .It is a superb historical achievement with beautiful illustrations and a rich bibliography, enhanced since the original Italian version."--Journal of the History of Biology "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 La struttura nascosta."--SciTech Book News "This important biography describes his scientific studies in the context of their intellectual and political milieu...and places Golgi's many accomplishments within the science of his time." --Frank Freemon, JAMA, Apr 18, 2001 "The Hidden Structure is an exceptionally valuable entry because it begins to make sense of the scientist, his science, his life and its constraints and his values. We see Golgi as a reserved researcher who is more comfortable at home, in his lab, or serving as rector for his local university than at international meetings or fancy dress occasions. . .It is a superb historical achievement with beautiful illustrations and a rich bibliography, enhanced since the original Italian version."--Journal of the History of Biology "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 structuresand processes of neuroanatomy as the Golgi apparatus, a cellular structure involved in protein glycosylation and transport. Translated and revised from the Italian work La struttura nascosta."--SciTech Book News"This important biography describes his scientific studies in the context of their intellectual and political milieu...and places Golgi's many accomplishments within the science of his time." --Frank Freemon, JAMA, Apr 18, 2001"The Hidden Structure is an exceptionally valuable entry because it begins to make sense of the scientist, his science, his life and its constraints and his values. We see Golgi as a reserved researcher who is more comfortable at home, in his lab, or serving as rector for his local university thanat international meetings or fancy dress occasions. . .It is a superb historical achievement with beautiful illustrations and a rich bibliography, enhanced since the original Italian version."--Journal of the History of Biology

Preface 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

ISBN: 9780198524441
ISBN-10: 0198524447
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 446
Published: 1st November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.69 x 17.58  x 2.97
Weight (kg): 1.01