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Art and Images in Psychiatry
October 4, 2010October 2010

Camillo Golgi, Nobel Laureate: The Olfactory Bulb

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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2010;67(10):983-984. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2010.126

My wish is that these new anatomical studies, on which this [Nobel] Institute, in such a high order of thought, has wished to draw the attention of the world, may represent a new element of progress for humanity.—Camillo Golgi, Nobel Lecture, December 11, 19061

Camillo Golgi (1843-1926) was a quintessential physician scientist whose basic research is foundational to neuroscience and whose findings in histology and microbiology were groundbreaking.2 A clinician and clinical and research pathologist, Golgi did work on brain abnormality in chorea, infectious diseases, and the intra-erythrocytic cycle of the malaria parasite that had wide implications.2 His professor of psychiatry, Cesare Lombroso (1835-1909), best known for his views on the biology of criminology, encouraged and inspired Golgi's interest in the physiology and anatomy of the brain.

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