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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

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VEGA JIMENEZ, Junior. Don Santiago Felipe Ramon y Cajal and the military medicine, links with Cuba. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2014, vol.43, n.4, pp.555-569. ISSN 0138-6557.

Don Santiago Felipe Ramón y Cajal practiced military medicine in the Ten Year War in Cuba in "Vista Hermosa" and "San Isidro" hospitals located in Puerto Príncipe (Camagüey province today) as battlefield physician. During his stay from 1874 to 1875, he got sick from dysentery and malaria, so he asked for permission to leave Cuba and this was granted on May 30, 1875, after being diagnosed of serious malarial caquexia and declared as a soldier that could no longer be involved in the battlefield campaign. The money savings of his unfortunate stay in Cuba set the financial bases for the starting of his histological research work. There have been a number of activities to highlight the repercussion of Cajal´ s work on Histology and Neurosciences in our country. The objective of this article was to provide thorough details about the Cajal´s stay in Cuba as military physician as well as the present legacy of this personality in the island ranging from the appointment of Don Santiago as Emeritus Professor Academician of the Medical, Physical and Natural Sciences School in Havana in 1908 to the creation of the Honorary Chair "Santiago Ramón y Cajal" in Havana University on December 10th, 2011.

Keywords : history of medicine; military medicine; Nobel Prize; Ramón y Cajal; Cuba.

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