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February 25, 2004

Corpus Callosum

JAMA. 2004;291(8):1006-1007. doi:10.1001/jama.291.8.1006

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Wegener and Akelaitis performed partial and complete callosal sections in humans. At the time, neurological and psychological examination of patients revealed few positive signs, described as weakly expressed and transient in nature. Zaidel and Iacoboni's book provides a lively illustration of how far anatomical, physiological, and behavioral methods have come since that time. The reader must not expect that the puzzle of what the corpus callosum does has been solved: to understand what exactly travels across the corpus callosum, and to what ends, is part and parcel of an understanding of what the cortex does. Such an understanding eludes us. However, this handsomely produced and comprehensive volume does inform us about the current state of research on the corpus callosum and in doing so provides an outstanding illustration of genuinely interdisciplinary research.

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