Centenary of the oligodendrocyte

Owen G James, Arpan R Mehta, Madhuri Behari, Siddharthan Chandran

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“At the banquet of medicine, [histology] is the guest of honor, who eats little—aloof, mysterious—to whom all listen, yet whom very few understand.”1 For Pío del Río-Hortega (Spain, 1882–Argentina, 1945), histology blended the cold and factual with the dynamic, romantic artistry that brought the subject to light. A disciple of both Nicolás Achúcarro and Santiago Ramón y Cajal, del Río-Hortega adapted his mentors' metallic impregnation techniques to discover and describe in exacting detail both the microglia and the oligodendrocyte.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422
Number of pages1
JournalLancet Neurology
Issue number6
Early online date19 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


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