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May 1957

The Organization of the Cerebral Cortex

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;77(5):501. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330350067008

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This excellent small volume, by an English anatomist, consists of two sections. The first is a well-organized, concise statement of histological methods and observations that are likely to be important for the "mode of operation of the cerebral cortex." This section includes data concerning the total extent of the cortex, total number of neurons in the cortex, density of neuronal packing in the cortex, etc. These portions are well done and are accompanied by illustrations showing beautiful preparations of brain sections. A chapter is devoted to a discussion of the qualitative histology of the cerebral cortex; the author joins a distinguished group of predecessors in rejecting a cytoarchitechtonic basis for conceptions of the cortex as an aggregate of organs each with its special function.

The second section is an essay touching briefly on a number of conceptual models of cerebral function. Here the author's hand is less sure. However, the

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