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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (13 Dec. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0190619619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0190619619
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.5 x 15.5 cm
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"This is a great addition to the collection of works translated into English of Santiago Ramon y Cajal. The book has two parts. The first deals with several aspects of the scientific career and thoughts of Cajal, in particular regarding his fascination with dreams and hypnosis. The second contains the first English translation of Cajal's dream diary, which provides great insight into how captivated he was by the mental and physiological processes associated with dreams. In 1908 he published an essay about the Theories of Dreaming, in which, he explores the neurobiological interpretation of dreams, reflecting on the question of what the image of the dream is exactly. Thus, the dream diary of Cajal is a theoretical "experimental" approach to his research. In short, this book provides a window through which English readers can enjoy greater access to the intriguing work, and mind, of Cajal."--Javier DeFelipe, PhD, Instituto Cajal (CSIC), Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain


"Cajal's castigation of Freud's dream theory is as caustic and cogent as his rejection of the reticularist doctrine of a syncytial brain en route to its replacement with his neuron theory. That Cajal kept a dream journal establishes the validity of self-observation for the modern scientific study of the conscious brain-mind." --J. Allan Hobson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


"Ben Ehrlich delights with a fresh and engaging look at the intricate relationship between two of my scientific heroes. Both were physicians and both tried valiantly to understand the human mind with fundamentally different styles of analysis. It is tempting to conclude that the histologist Cajal-a fervent believer in 'facts'-would have benefitted immensely from a protracted course of Freud's psychoanalysis." --Larry W. Swanson, PhD, Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences, Neurology, and Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


"Santiago Ramon y Cajal, founder of modern neurology and Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis who trained as a neurologist, were both captivated by dreams. While Freud made them the road to the unconscious, Cajal, as he dialogued with Freud in a diary of his own dreams, rejected any notion that dreams had meaning. And yet, as Benjamin Ehrlich suggests, so fierce a repression, particularly in the light of images in Cajal's dreams that seem to cry out for a Freudian interpretation, suggests a begrudging acceptance by the neurologist of the very psychological mechanisms whose existence he denied. On another level, reading Cajal's dreams conveys a fascinating and completely novel window into both his biography and the medical culture of Madrid in the early twentieth century."-- Thomas F. Glick, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History, Boston University, Boston, MA


"Anyone who has been inspired by Santiago Ramon y Cajal's scientific brilliance will want to read this sixteen-year record of his dreams, which he transcribed to challenge Freud's theory that dreams are wish-fulfillments. Benjamin Ehrlich's careful translation lets English-speakers explore Ramon y Cajal's dreams, which reveal the vulnerability of one of the world's greatest neuroscientists. In a lucid introduction, Ehrlich lays out the parallels and final divergence of Freud's and Cajal's scientific lives. Do Ramon y Cajal's dreams disprove Freud's dream theory? Readers will have to judge for themselves."--Laura Otis, PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA


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"This is a great addition to the collection of works translated into English of Santiago Ramon y Cajal. The book has two parts. The first deals with several aspects of the scientific career and thoughts of Cajal, in particular regarding his fascination with dreams and hypnosis. The second contains the first English translation of Cajal's dream diary, which provides great insight into how captivated he was by the mental and physiological processes associated with dreams. In 1908 he published an essay about the Theories of Dreaming, in which, he explores the neurobiological interpretation of dreams, reflecting on the question of what the image of the dream is exactly. Thus, the dream diary of Cajal is a theoretical "experimental" approach to his research. In short, this book provides a window through which English readers can enjoy greater access to the intriguing work, and mind, of Cajal."--Javier DeFelipe, PhD, Instituto Cajal (CSIC), Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain


"Cajal's castigation of Freud's dream theory is as caustic and cogent as his rejection of the reticularist doctrine of a syncytial brain en route to its replacement with his neuron theory. That Cajal kept a dream journal establishes the validity of self-observation for the modern scientific study of the conscious brain-mind." --J. Allan Hobson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


"Ben Ehrlich delights with a fresh and engaging look at the intricate relationship between two of my scientific heroes. Both were physicians and both tried valiantly to understand the human mind with fundamentally different styles of analysis. It is tempting to conclude that the histologist Cajal-a fervent believer in 'facts'-would have benefitted immensely from a protracted course of Freud's psychoanalysis." --Larry W. Swanson, PhD, Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences, Neurology, and Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


"Santiago Ramon y Cajal, founder of modern neurology and Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis who trained as a neurologist, were both captivated by dreams. While Freud made them the road to the unconscious, Cajal, as he dialogued with Freud in a diary of his own dreams, rejected any notion that dreams had meaning. And yet, as Benjamin Ehrlich suggests, so fierce a repression, particularly in the light of images in Cajal's dreams that seem to cry out for a Freudian interpretation, suggests a begrudging acceptance by the neurologist of the very psychological mechanisms whose existence he denied. On another level, reading Cajal's dreams conveys a fascinating and completely novel window into both his biography and the medical culture of Madrid in the early twentieth century."-- Thomas F. Glick, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History, Boston University, Boston, MA


"Anyone who has been inspired by Santiago Ramon y Cajal's scientific brilliance will want to read this sixteen-year record of his dreams, which he transcribed to challenge Freud's theory that dreams are wish-fulfillments. Benjamin Ehrlich's careful translation lets English-speakers explore Ramon y Cajal's dreams, which reveal the vulnerability of one of the world's greatest neuroscientists. In a lucid introduction, Ehrlich lays out the parallels and final divergence of Freud's and Cajal's scientific lives. Do Ramon y Cajal's dreams disprove Freud's dream theory? Readers will have to judge for themselves."--Laura Otis, PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA


About the Author

Benjamin Ehrlich is a Salzburg Global Fellow. His work has appeared in Nautilus and New England Review. He is a Co-Founding Editor of The Beautiful Brain, an online magazine devoted to art and neuroscience. Ben graduated from Middlebury College with Highest Honors in Literary Studies.


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