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February 1983

The Primary Acoustic Nuclei

Arch Otolaryngol. 1983;109(2):130. doi:10.1001/archotol.1983.00800160064016

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It is a rare opportunity to review a new book written by a legendary neuroscientist who has emerged from the pages of history. Professor Rafael Lorente de No' has put together a comprehensive, detailed description of the primary auditory nuclei in the cat using Golgi material. The complexity and importance of the cochlear nulcear complex relates to the diversification of the auditory system, which is controlled by this primary nucleus in the central auditory pathway.

The organization of this monograph logically begins with an overall description of the organization of peripheral cochlear innervation and its central termination in the cochlear nuclei. Professor Lorente de No' displays confidence in recognizing his earlier mistake of mislabeling the position of basal and apical turn cochlear nerve fibers where they penetrate the cochlear nucleus. The correct organization of these fibers has been demonstrated in the experimental anatomic studies he has referenced.

The basic subdivisions

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