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October 5, 1979

The Human Central Nervous System: A Synopsis and Atlas

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1979;242(14):1547. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03300140055030

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The Human Central Nervous System is an excellently diagrammed atlas and brief synopsis of neuroanatomy, extending to and from the cortices, depicting and defining functions of the afferent and efferent tracts.

The descriptive material is at times distant from the diagrams, necessitating some shifting back and forth but preserving the continuity of the graphic and descriptive material. The drawings are well numbered and labeled, but the labels are in Latin and are abbreviated. Three-dimensional diagramming permits the viewer to follow tracts at various levels of the spinal cord or brain. The use of color at least to differentiate some of the nervus tracts would have further enhanced the book. Likewise the anatomy might have been more easily ingested and related had some effort been made to make clinical or physiological correlations. However, whatever deficiencies exist, they are more than compensated for by the beauty and clarity of the drawings.