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Much of the current knowledge and thinking about the cellular and synaptic neuroanatomy of the spinal cord is summarized in this volume. This reviewer welcomed particularly the inclusion of several chapters which are oriented toward comparative anatomy. As Eccles notes in his brief preface, the neuroanatomists cast frequent side glances toward physiological data. In fact, a number of the contributors are themselves members of the physiological fraternity.
R. Nieuwenhuys (Amsterdam) and J. H. R. Schoen (Leiden) have chapters on the comparative anatomy of the spinal cord and of the descending fiber systems, respectively. Cytoarchitechtonics and synaptology are detailed by B. Rexed (Uppsala), the motor neuron pools by G. J. Romanes (Edinburgh), the volume and surface of spinal neurons by J. P. Schade (Amsterdam), and neuronal interdependence by S. Gelfan (New York). J. M. Sprague and H. Ha (Philadelphia) present data on the sites of impingement of dorsal root fibers and