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November 10, 1956

Anatomical Atlas of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord

JAMA. 1956;162(11):1098. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970280078033

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This atlas is an English translation prepared from the second Polish edition, which appeared in 1953. Russian and German translations are said to be in preparation. Professor Stelmasiak of the Medical Academy of Lublin has used the Nomina Anatomica adopted in 1955 by the sixth International Anatomical Congress at Paris. The book is a true atlas, without text except for figure legends. It consists of diagrams (a few in color), drawings, photographs, and charts of neural pathways. Diagrams are well reproduced but oversimplified. Photographs of transverse and sagittal sections of the brain stem and cerebellum, and transverse, sagittal, and horizontal sections of the cerebrum, form the greater part of the atlas. These illustrations are poorly reproduced and are lacking in contrast, definition, and detail. It is unfortunate that black backgrounds were used throughout for these photographs. Photographs of the brain are well reproduced and clearly labeled. Most of the drawings

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