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May 1966

Studies on the Diencephalon.

Arch Neurol. 1966;14(5):569-570. doi:10.1001/archneur.1966.00470110113018

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This small monograph presents in English translation an anthology of selected writings of Ramón y Cajal on perhaps the most complex subdivision of the neuraxis, the diencephalon. The subject matter has been organized synthetically in a systematic and comprehensive manner using where possible the nomenclature of current English language textbooks. The monograph contains many illustrations from the original papers; but unlike some of the original illustrations, the legends are complete. There is a good table of contents, a well organized index, and bibliography citing references in their entirety, which was not always the custom of Cajal or early investigators. Each chapter gives in a footnote the original source of the translated material, thus making it possible for the reader to compare for himself the original with the translation.

An interesting comparison is made of pioneer neuroanatomists and early cartographiers, some of whom represented explored and unexplored regions in equal detail.

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