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This programmed neuroanatomy text by the Sidman brothers represents the outgrowth of a unique common interest in the teaching of neuroanatomy as well as an exploration of the usefulness of a relatively simple psychological technique in learning a complex subject. According to the authors this programmed text was designed to introduce the basic vocabulary and principal concepts of neuroanatomy to students of medicine and related fields. Although the text is particularly recommended to students during premedical training, where the nervous system is rarely considered in any competent fashion, it may also serve as a "private tutor" in conjunction with regular medical courses in neuroanatomy. The text is designed to precede or supplement a comprehensive course in neuroanatomy. Neuroanatomy self-taught assumes that the student has an interest in the subject but no previous knowledge of it.
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CARPENTER M. Neuroanatomy, a Programmed Text, vol 1.. Arch Neurol. 1965;13(4):448. doi:10.1001/archneur.1965.00470040114019
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