120 years of hippocampal Schaffer collaterals

Imre Szirmai, György Buzsáki, Anita Kamondi

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Károly Schaffer (1864-1939) was a Hungarian neurologist who distinguished himself through original discoveries in human neuropathology. At the beginning of his scientific carrier, he described the cellular and fiber structure of the hippocampus, earning him a high reputation in neuroscience. Schaffer (1892) described the so-called "collateral fiber system" that connects the CA3 and CA1 regions of the hippocampus, known today as Schaffer collaterals. To decipher the history of this well-known eponym, we review Schaffer's original German publication and follow the impact of his research in the contemporary literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1508-1516
Number of pages9
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2012


  • Cell types
  • Connectivity
  • Interneurons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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