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The Arts and Medicine
August 8, 2017

The Beautiful Brain and the Influence of Santiago Ramón y Cajal on Medicine

Author Affiliations
  • 1Brain Sciences Center, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2Departments of Neuroscience, Neurology, and Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School, and Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • 3Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
JAMA. 2017;318(6):502-504. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.9858

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Ramón y Cajal is an aptly titled exhibit featuring drawings of brain cells by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the grand master of neurohistology who flourished more than 100 years ago. The exhibit opened at the Weisman Art Museum of the University of Minnesota in January 2017 and will travel to university museums and galleries in Canada and the United States through the spring of 2019. The exhibit consists of 82 exquisitely detailed drawings of brain cells and neural elements from other tissues selected from more than 3200 drawings. The exhibit is exceptionally well conceived, executed, and presented, and the accompanying catalog is of the highest quality.