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June 1966


Arch Neurol. 1966;14(6):681. doi:10.1001/archneur.1966.00470120113014

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This is not a manual of techniques but a muchneeded review of current knowledge about the histochemistry of the nervous system and several of its allied components. Since a number of the techniques developed by Adams and his colleagues are not conveniently available in extant texts, the details of these methods are included in an appendix to the second chapter. This chapter on the histochemistry of lipids is, in point of fact, a concise statement of the problems confronting the lipid histochemist. The normal histochemistry and electron histochemistry of neural components are reviewed in the initial chapters, and, after brief consideration of the histochemical findings in mental disorders and neoplasms, extensive chapters are devoted to demyelination, storage diseases, cerebrova'scular disease, the retina, and neuromusclar disorders.

As expected, the specialized approach of the various contributors (theoretical, experimental, pragmatic, operational, etc) results in a certain unevenness of presentation, but some of the

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