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August 1, 1966

The Brain Vascular System

Author Affiliations

Lexington, Ky

JAMA. 1966;197(5):376-377. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110050114041

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In the 300 years since Thomas Willis described the remarkable circle which bears his name, anatomists have studied the several arteries related to this complex vascular ring. Despite our knowledge of vessels coursing over and beneath the brain surface, we still know relatively little about the architecture of deeper cerebral vessels. The authors, a neurosurgeon and an anatomist, combine conventional anatomical methods with radiographic techniques to provide this monograph on blood vessels within the central nervous system.

The book begins with a detailed description of cerebrovascular embryology. While containing nothing original, this section furnishes a readable account of developmental anatomy. The second portion, occupying 100 pages, concerns the anatomy of the adult vascular system. Radiographs of injected specimens add a new dimension to conventional methods for portraying blood vessels and afford crisp detail of finer ramifications of selectively injected arteries and veins. Brief consideration of cerebral collateral circulation and vascular