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March 6, 1967

Functional Neuroanatomy

JAMA. 1967;199(10):769. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120100131047

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There is no reason why a textbook should not be an artistic creation as well as a scholarly treatise. Krieg's Functional Neuroanatomy is such a creation in textbook design. The book reflects the author. A scholar, a teacher, and at the same time, a consummate craftsman in graphic arts, he carries the Vesalian tradition into this automated, linotyped century in which we live.

The printing is kind to the eye and the paper has a pleasant, warm texture which permits us to pencil readable and eraseable notes on the margin. The capital initials beginning a chapter are illuminated with engravings, inviting the reader to sit down with the author to read and ponder over what follows. The method of illustrating text with engravings is particularly suited to textbooks of anatomy, where the image needs to summarize a complex of morphological data—a Gestalt—rather than to give a photographic documentation of any