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The Dreams of Cajal 

The Dreams of Cajal
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The Dreams of Cajal
Author(s):

Santiago Ramón y Cajal

, José Germain Cebrián

, José Rallo Romero

, and Benjamin Ehrlich

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190619619.003.0011
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date: 09 July 2020

For last five years of his life, Cajal abandoned his own neurobiological research and concentrated on psychological manuscripts, including a new “dream book.” Although his stated intention was to publish, the project was never released. The unfinished work was thought to be lost, until recently, when a Spanish book appeared claiming to feature the dreams of Cajal, along with the untold story of their complex journey into print. The dream diary of Cajal, only recently uncovered and never before read by Anglophones, offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the psyche of its legendary author. The first entry is dated 1918 and the last entry appears in 1934, the year of his death. There are one-hundred-and-three entries, recorded on scraps of used paper and in the margins of books and journals. The manuscript was then transcribed by José Germain Cebrían. This is the first-ever English translation of that work.

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