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April 9, 1932

Arbeiten aus der dritten Abteilung des Anatomischen Institutes der Kaiserlichen Universität Kyoto.

JAMA. 1932;98(15):1326-1327. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730410090037

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This contains eight fundamental contributions to the comparative anatomy of the brachial plexus. The observations, obtained from a careful study of 104 Japanese cadavers, were contrasted with those made by observers on European material and on lower mammals, for the purpose of determining whether a Japanese brachial plexus possesses any peculiar features. To some extent, such exist in the abnormal types of trunk formations, variations in their ramifications, frequency of anastomoses among the peripheral nerves of the plexus, and other features. Each phase, studied in great detail, is abundantly illustrated and supplied with numerous tables and an exhaustive literature. For instance, the median nerve is covered in twenty-eight and the ulnar in thirty-three pages. Dry as such studies may appear, they are nevertheless of great interest to anthropologists, comparative anatomists, neurologists and especially surgeons, because of the anomalies of the brachial plexus they may encounter. The author refers to the

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