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May 1969

Congenital Anomalies of the Carotid Arteries.

Arch Neurol. 1969;20(5):564. doi:10.1001/archneur.1969.00480110128019

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This is a superb little volume describing an important, but hitherto poorly understood, aspect of vascular anatomy. The frequent occurrence of anomalies in the aortocranial arteries is of importance to persons in the several medical disciplines concerned with both normal and abnormal cerebral circulation.

The embryology of the arteries of the head and neck is reviewed in detail and provides an excellent background for understanding the role of morphologic variants which may persist into postnatal life.

There is profuse illustration employing roentgenograms, line drawings, schematic diagrams, and photographs made during surgery. The book also includes an extensive bibliography which provides historical background for much of the descriptive anatomy.

This reviewer finds only one criticism in the organization of the monograph, namely, that it is somewhat discursive in respect to correlation of embryology, pathologic anatomy, radiographic anatomy, and certain clinical features.

Attention is focused on the extracranial arteries and those intracranial

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