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October 1966

The Thalamus.

Arch Neurol. 1966;15(4):445. doi:10.1001/archneur.1966.00470160111015

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This is a compilation of 22 papers, many of joint authorship and each followed by several discussions. It presents the proceedings of the First International Symposium sponsored by the Parkinson's Disease Information and Research Center.

Much of the first 127 pages deals with anatomical studies. It commences with a succinct review of the internal structure and afferent-efferent relations by A. Earl Walker. A Golgi analysis of the rodent thalamus by Madge and Arnold Scheibel is replete with excellent drawings of axonal plexuses and cell aggregates presented in the transverse, horizontal, and sagittal planes. This contrasts vividly with the detail-jammed analysis of ultrastructural photographs presented by Pappas et al. For the former the artistry lies in what is selected for presentation; the latter shows how much of the microorganizational plan is missed thereby; and the future of anatomy lies in progress toward reconciliation of the macroviews and microviews of the same

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