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April 1971

The Primate Brain: Advances in Primatology, vol 1.

Arch Neurol. 1971;24(4):381. doi:10.1001/archneur.1971.00480340113018

This well documented book stresses comparative anatomy and physiology of primate brains ranging from the prosimii to man. The 11 chapters are divided as follows: (1) Retina; (2) Optic Pathways and Nuclei; (3) Functional Aspects of Visual Pathways; (4) Pyramidal Tract; (5) Allocortex; (6) Motor and Sensory Cortices; (7) Prosimian Brain Evolution; (8) Gross Brain Indices; (9) Allometric and Factorial Analyses; (10) Brain Sizes in Insectivones and Primates; and (11) Evolution of the Human Brain. The quality of the data presented is high because each chapter is authored by one or more specialist. Unfortunately, in reproductions of many of the photomicrographs, there is loss of essential detail. However, the authors have been able to present concisely the significant contributions.

For example, in the first three chapters, the basic patterns of retinal layers, the optic nerve and tract fibers, the nuclear terminations and synapses, as well as cortical connections and layers

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