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The Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum at the National Institutes of Health advances the historical understanding of the biomedical research conducted at the National Institutes of Health by documenting, preserving, and interpreting records and artifacts. The office creates exhibits and other products, and helps scholars and researchers to navigate the rich history of the National Institutes of Health.



A New Set of Drawings by Santiago Ramón y Cajal Are Now on Exhibition in the NIH’s Porter Neuroscience Center

Newly arrived is the latest set of seven neuroanatomy drawings by Santiago Ramon y Cajal on rotation in Building 35.  The drawings date back to the turn of the last century when Santiago Ramón y Cajal shared the Nobel Prize (1906) with Camillo Golgi for their work on the structure of the nervous system.  We thank our partners at the Cajal Institute in Madrid, Spain for making this exhibit possible.  You can see the original drawings, or touch 3-D prints of enlarged drawing details, for the next year.

Cajal Exhibit

Cajal Prints





Oral histories are added on a regular basis.

Robert H.Wurtz
Interview date: December 1, 2015 

Theodore Paul Zahn,
Interview date: December 19, 200

The Office of NIH History holds photograph collections cataloged and uncataloged. Many can be found in on our Flickr site and in Search Our Collections. To request images for use in publications or presentations contact the Office of NIH History. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.


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Office of History and Stetten Museum | Bldg 60 | Suite 230 | National Institutes of Health | Bethesda, MD 20814-1460
Phone: 301.496.6610 | Email: history@nih.gov

Last updated: 01 Octoberr 2018
First published: 2 February 2005
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