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July 1966

Elektronenoptisc he Studien zur Orthologie und Experimentellen Pathologie des Kleinhirns der Maus

Arch Neurol. 1966;15(1):112. doi:10.1001/archneur.1966.00470130116020

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The first third of this monograph is concerned with the electron-microscopy of the murine cerebellum. Since there has been a resurgence of interest in the structure and function of the cerebellum (it is being employed as a means of developing general theories of central neural function), it is of interest to compare Wessel's monograph with some recent productions such as that of Hámori and Szentágothai or that by Eccles, Ilinás, and Sasaki. Terminologic differences with regard to ultrastructural details make such comparisons difficult, but the differences are significant. For example, in the Eccles schema the climbing fiber discharges on the body of the Purkinje cell and basket cell—an unusual plan in view of the fact that silver sections show the climbing fibers ascending individual dendrites, which is also the conclusion of Wessel, who finds the Purkinje cell itself surrounded by a neuroglial cover penetrated by basket cell projections which establish

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