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June 8, 1929

Handbuch der mikroskopischen Anatomie des Menschen.

JAMA. 1929;92(23):1985. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700490085029

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Abstract

This volume covers the nervous system with the exception of the cerebral hemispheres, the related thalmic centers and the neuroglia. The introduction, the description of the morphology and internal anatomy of nerve cells, the structure of the synapse and a criticism of the neuron theory are by Bielschowsky. Since the last comprehensive presentation of these subjects was written by an enthusiastic neuronist (Heidenhain) it is fitting that this one should come from so able and critical an antineuronist. No new evidence is presented in favor of continuity at the synapse which is not open to serious criticism so far as the technic is concerned. The cytology here, as in most other volumes of the Handbuch, is weak. Stöhr's account of the peripheral nervous system is good; the vegetative division is naturally less satisfactory than the cerebrospinal, since it has been less thoroughly studied. The discussion of point of view and

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