Collection FC170 - Rafael Lorente de No Reprints and Drawings


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Rafael Lorente de No Reprints and Drawings


  • 1921-1934 (Creation)


0.25 Linear Feet

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Biographical history

Rafael Lorente de No was born in Zaragoza, Spain and earned his medical degree from the University of Madrid in 1923. His mentors were two Nobel prize winners, Ramon y Cajal of the University of Madrid and Robert Barany in Sweden. Dr. Lorente de No joined the staff of the Cajal Institute in 1921 and worked there intermittently for 10 years. He met Barany his senior year in medical school and arranged to take postdoctoral training in Uppsala from 1924 to 1927 with several months in Berlin in 1925. Due to the lack of funding for research in 1927, he trained in otolaryngology in Madrid and several centers in Germany prior to a practice in otolaryngology in Santander from 1929 to 1931.

In 1931, Lorente de No's search for a research position brought him to the United States to join the staff of the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis as neuroanatomist and Director of Research (1931-1936). Lorente moved to the Rockefeller Institute in 1936. In 1972 he was appointed professor emeritus in the departments of surgery and anatomy at the Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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One bound volume of reprints of 19 scientific articles, 1921-1934, authored or co-authored by Rafael Lorente de Nó.

Two framed original cartoons drawn and lettered by Rafael Lorente de Nó. One is entitled “The Spirit of Nerve.” The second is primarily text which reads, in part: “Beware of the Arquitrabe!”

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

Users of the collection who wish to cite items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication must request, sign, and return a Statement of Use form to the Archives.

For detailed information regarding use of this collection, contact the Archives and Rare Book Department of the Becker Library (

Preferred Citation:

Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Related archival materials

Additional correspondence and documents related to Lorente de Nó are in the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) Records: RG032, Series 2, Administrators and research staff files. Correspondence can also be found in the George Bishop Papers and the Joseph Erlanger Papers. Reprints of 1936-1938 publications with Helen Graham are available in the Helen Graham papers.

The Rafael Lorente de Nó papers are in the History and Special Collections Division, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA.

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"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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© Copyright 2019 Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives. All rights reserved.

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