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September 1971

Functional Neuroanatomy.

Arch Neurol. 1971;25(3):284-285. doi:10.1001/archneur.1971.00490030110022

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This is the sixth edition of a textbook designed for medical and other students beginning their studies in the field of neuroanatomy. It is clear and concise and utilizes the vertical rather than the horizontal approach to discussion of the various levels of the nervous system. For example, the chapters on the brain stem are actually descriptions of the anatomy of the cranial nerves and their central connections, the long tracts having been discussed with the sensory or motor systems, whichever is applicable.

This makes the understanding of basic neuroanatomical mechanisms easier for the beginner and for those who have trouble correlating the functions of various levels of the nervous system studied independently. On the other hand, it can make for a less comprehensive knowledge of the detailed anatomy of discrete levels of the neuraxis, something which is important for more advanced study of the subject. One would also do

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