It is fitting that once in a decade or so the science of the structure of the nervous system be recognized, that its achievements and the methods be noted and that its place in the assembly of the medical sciences be once again defined.
Perhaps any topic concerned with anatomy as such may seem somewhat strange when presented to a gathering of psychiatrists, neurologists and neurosurgeons. This. I like to think, is due to the notion that, after all, anatomy is a fairly well seasoned science with nothing very exciting to contribute, rather than to the opinion that, in the light of the new trends in medicine wherein the psyche also requires time for study, anatomy does not offer a full measure of utility. Indeed, it has been suggested that neuroanatomy may be represented by a reading acquaintance rather than by direct study of the body structure. It is known
VONDERAHE AR. PLACE OF NEUROANATOMY IN THE MEDICAL SCIENCES: Chairman's Address. JAMA. 1948;138(2):105–107. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900020001001
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