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This monograph represents an intensive study of the anatomical, pathological, clinical, and radiological features of the diseases of the vertebral and basilar arteries. From all standpoints it is a solid contribution to our understanding of the disorders involving the vertebral and basilar arteries. The anatomical section is particularly outstanding. It includes not only original dissections but a complete study of previous investigations, as well as a study of the variations in distribution of the blood supply of the posterior portion of the circle of Willis. The illustrations add greatly to the value of the study.
The study of the clinical syndromes is not as complete as the anatomical and radiological study. The latter has many instructive angiograms. The diagnosis of vertebral and basilar artery occlusion is still difficult on clinical grounds alone. In the case of complete basilar artery occlusion the detection of the clinical syndrome is easier than in
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