The authors (professors of neurology, surgery, and radiology at the Washington U. School of Medicine, St. Louis) present cross-sectional photographs, MRI scans, neuroradiological images, histological sections, and other material demonstrating the anatomy of the human brain and nervous system. Both structures and pathways are covered. Wire comb binding. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Reviewer:Celso Agner, MD, MSc(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description:Visualization is essential in any anatomical science. It is even more important for neuroanatomy, where three-dimensional incorporation of information is of utmost relevance. Now in its third edition, this brain atlas incorporates new concepts and images into its armamentarium.
Purpose:The purpose is to address current imaging technologies for the study of central nervous system anatomy.
Audience:Neurologists, neuroscientists, and neurosurgeons are the main audience. The authors are credible authorities who each have over 30 years of experience.
Features:Similar to the previous editions, this atlas incorporates known neuroanatomical concepts and integrates current neuroradiological images to better explain concepts that would otherwise be hard to understand. However, the external carotid artery branches were omitted. Since many of its branches are crucial in processes of neovascularization of the central nervous system, and arteries such as the superficial temporal is involved in major neurosurgical procedures, it would be important in future editions to have this neurovascular structure better represented. Otherwise, I see no drawbacks.
Assessment:This is a traditional atlas and excellent contribution to the neurosciences. It should be included in any neurosurgical, neurological, or neurosciences departmental libraries.