April 18, 1942

The Postnatal Development of the Human Cerebral Cortex. Volume II: The Cortex of the One-Month Infant

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By J. LeRoy Conel, Professor of Anatomy, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston. Cloth. Price, $8. Pp. 147, with 220 illustrations on 108 plates. Cambridge: Harvard University Press; London: Oxford University Press, 1941.

JAMA. 1942;118(16):1420. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830160080036

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This monograph, the second of its kind by the author, describes in detail the cortex of the 1 month infant. It is beautifully illustrated and the printing is excellent. The author finds the brain of the 1 month infant to be much less gelatinous in appearance and firmer to the touch than the brain of the newborn. He states that the difference in consistency of tissues is clearly noticeable before and after fixation in formaldehyde. The contents of the book include sections on the lobus frontalis, lobus parietalis, lobus occipitalis, lobus temporalis, lobus insulae and rhinencephalon. This is a rare contribution and together with the first volume should be purchased by all neurologists, neurologic surgeons, pediatricians and neuroanatomists. It is a masterpiece.

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