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July 1939

Corteza visual. Estudio filogenetico.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1939;22(1):160. doi:10.1001/archopht.1939.00860070176019

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The authors have made a rather exhaustive study of the visual cortex by comparing the human brain with the brains of lower forms of life (vertebrates and invertebrates). It is interesting to note that they use the brains of persons with dementia paralytica, dementia melancholia, arteriosclerosis and dementia praecox. After a rather careful description of the visual cortex in the aforementioned brains, they present an illustrated study of the brain of the chimpanzee, then proceed down the scale to include the brains of invertebrates.

The monograph is well illustrated with pictures of the brain to demonstrate the convolutions of the visual cortex and its boundary, a comparative study of relief and regional variations being stressed. This work represents an exhaustive study, really a specialized study, of comparative anatomy, and while one finds little in the book that reveals anything new, it is extremely interesting and is comprehensively arranged.

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