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Title: Ramón y Cajal as an Analytical Chemist of Bottled Water? Use (and Misuse) of the Great Savant’s Repute by the Industry
Authors: Triarhou, Lazaros C
del Cerro, Manuel
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Humanities::History and Archaeology
FRASCATI::Social sciences::Other social sciences
Keywords: cholera epidemic
history of neuroscience
Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934)
Issue Date: 2013
Source: SAGE Open
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
First Page: 215824401348135
Abstract: The name of the eminent neurohistologist Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934) was occasionally mentioned in commercial labels by the Spanish industry advertising mineral waters from natural spring sources and their medical benefits. Concomitantly with his landmark neuroanatomical research, Cajal had served as director of the Alfonso XIII National Institute of Hygiene. In that capacity, his name had to be included in certificates as a mere bureaucratic formality. Cajal had an early interest in bacteriology, and introduced a pioneering chemical vaccine against cholera during the 1885 epidemic in Spain. However, in a letter to the Madrid press, he vehemently denied any involvement with actual chemical analyses or commercial promotion of products such as bottled water, medicinal wines, disinfectants, and even toothpaste. In this episode, we realize that Cajal’s view was absolutely contrary to the impression one might have gathered on the basis of the commercial documents alone.
ISSN: 2158-2440
Other Identifiers: 10.1177/2158244013481357
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