January 20, 1975

Atlas of Vertebral Angiography

Author Affiliations

Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine Chicago


by Matsumasa Takahashi, 384 pp, 439 illus, $65, Shoin (Baltimore, University Park Press), 1974.

JAMA. 1975;231(3):304. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240150058036

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The circulation of the back half of the brain (thalamus, occipital lobes, cerebellum, and brain stem) is relatively less known than that which is supplied via the carotid arteries. It is also more complex and difficult to understand, so that Takahashi's atlas (and the accompanying case histories and text) is a welcome one for neurologists, neurosurgeons, and neuroradiologists.

The large format pages bear one or two reproductions of subtracted angiograms, cropped so that the vessels are virtually life-size. The legends and arrows make self-teaching possible, except for a few of the very faint venous details that are more evident to the author than to the reader.

Techniques of angiography are described, followed by separate chapters on arterial and venous systems. Tumors in the supratentorial areas and posterior fossa are described after a section on general angiographic manifestations of tumors. Vascular diseases are well pictured, and the final chapter deals with