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August 1, 1977

Radiologic Anatomy of the Brain

JAMA. 1977;238(5):430. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280050070036

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The authors, neuroradiologists from Marseille, France, and New York, list 16 cooperators in preparing this elaborate atlas of gross brain anatomy, based on dissected and injected specimens, drawings, diagrams, cerebral angiograms, encephalograms, and roentgenograms of plain and injected brains, and ventricular and cisternal casts. Part 1 describes the cerebral hemisphere, then the ventricles, arteries, and veins. The second part provides similar analysis for the basal ganglia, diencephalon, and mesencephalon. In the last part, the chief attention is devoted to the fourth ventricle and cisterns of the posterior fossa; casts, tomograms, and a variety of cross-sections are used to clarify the structural relationships of the brain, spinal fluid pathways, arteries, and veins. Unfortunately, there are no sections in the various horizontal planes currently used in computerized axial tomography, a technique that receives scant mention in the text, although descriptions were widely disseminated in articles in 1974 and 1975.

The detail, particularly