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March 19, 1955

The Human Brain in Sagittal Section

JAMA. 1955;157(12):1068. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950290088035

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The authors believe that sections of cerebral hemisphere cut in the sagittal plane, in place of the more usual frontal or horizontal cuttings, disclose the structural pattern of the neuraxis in a more satisfactory manner. This certainly holds for the principal nuclei of the brain stem and the course of the major fiber connections to the basal ganglia, as disclosed by the photographs of sections, 1.5 and 2.5 times actual size, reproduced in this atlas. Latin terminology has been used but a cross index includes English and other equivalents and popular synonyms. The brain used for these sections was from a healthy man, who died a short time after he fell and broke his neck. The sections selected for reproduction were stained with iron hematoxylin for myelin sheaths. Owing to technical difficulties, of either staining or photographing, the plates are somewhat uneven and in places blurred. The atlas should be

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