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Comparing the Lives of Cajal and Freud 

Comparing the Lives of Cajal and Freud
Comparing the Lives of Cajal and Freud

Benjamin Ehrlich

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date: 23 April 2021

Despite their many social and cultural differences, Santiago Ramón y Cajal and Sigmund Freud had more in common than one might naturally assume. Both attended and excelled in anatomy and medical courses in University. Freud even studied histology and contributed important discoveries to that field. However, Cajal entered the army between his schooling and his discovery of histology. Cajal’s brush with tuberculosis led to his first direct encounter with psychology. Experimenting with himself as a subject, he learned the transformative power of what is called “autosuggestion.” Although known for his purely anatomical research of the nervous system, Cajal initially was drawn to study the brain by an emotional attachment to his experience with psychology and the mind’s potential for personal improvement, in addition to his intellectual and artistic connection with the material itself.

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