Friday, July 28, 2017

Santiago Ramon y Cajal: Maxims in Medicine

Dr. Santiago Ramón y Cajal

I am back home in Córdoba, Argentina. I live on Avenida Ramón y Cajal, named after Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the Nobel Prize winning Spanish Physician.  

Over the last several days I read his book Reglas y Consejos Sobre Investigación Científica, published in1898, wherein he summarizes his observations and perspectives on medicine and scientific investigation. Many of the observations ring true even today: discovery is not necessarily a function of special talent, but a function of hard work, which creates talent, and, low achievement is less commonly from a lack of time and resources, it is more from a lack of willpower. Timeless maxims.

This reminded me of a similar yet more up to date article titled Simone's Maxims (full length article available via hyperlink). 

I strongly encourage anyone in academic medicine to give it a read.

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