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March 1954

The Ciba Collection Of Medical Illustrations: Volume 1; Nervous System.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1954;93(3):477. doi:10.1001/archinte.1954.00240270163020

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This large cloth-bound collection of illustrations of anatomic and pathologic conditions of the spine and central nervous system is another excellent contribution of the physician-artist Frank H. Netter. It is a companion volume to the first "Ciba Collection of Medical Illustrations," published in 1948. The text and colored pictures are divided into five main sections: 1. Anatomy of the Spine, 2. The Central Nervous System, 3. Functional Neuroanatomy, 4. The Autonomic Nervous System, and 5. Pathology of the Brain and Spinal Cord. Though the approach is mainly anatomic, of singular interest is the outstanding section dealing with functional neuroanatomy, where vivid illustrations of a highly complex subject are adequately presented. Similarly, the chapter on the autonomic nervous system is very clearly portrayed in a manner in which both morphology and its relation to function are presented. The artistry of this volume is coupled with authoritative though concise explanatory texts. If

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