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Strong and Elwyn's human neuroanatomy. Raymond C. Truex. 4th edition. xiii + 511 pages 363 figures. $10.00. The Williams & Wilkins Company Baltimore. 1959

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important feature is dustrated by these
figures and they are taken from the entire
range of the animal kingdom from the
amoeba to man. The photographs and
photo-micrographs are particularly good
and the number of rare or unusual species
from which they are taken is quite remarkable. The electron micrographs of the lung
are extraordinarily poor.
One might expect that a book with this
amount of information would be a dull
catalogue of facts but the contrary is true.
It is easy to read and kept interesting by
the lively curiosity and philosophy of the
author. An entertaining feature is the
frequent use of quotations from John
Hunter to express fundamental concepts
and generalities.
578 pages, 411 figures. $18.00. Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart. 2nd
edition. 1959.
Professor Tondury has used the same
clarity of organization and treatment in his
second edition while giving the book a comprehensive revision. The section on the
lung has been rewritten with a chapter on
its segmental anatomy. The diaphragmatic area, especially the cardio-esophageal
junction has been given fuller treatment.
The sections on the inguinal region and
uterus have been amplified. The Paris
nomenclature has been added in parenthesis “where necessary.” Professor Tondury has again been most fortunate in ob-
taining the services of a candidate in
medicine as artist. H. A. Meyer has added
several new drawings of the same order
of excellence as those of medical candidate
Paul Winkler in the first edition. Colored
lines have been substituted for black ones
in many of the diagrams, making them
more easily intelligible, especially those of
fascia1 structures in the inguinal region
and perineum. The photoengraving and
printing are of the careful excellence we
habitually expect in books from Georg
edition. xiii
511 pages, 363 figures. $10.00. The Williams & Wilkins
Company, Baltimore. 1959.
This treatise, from its beginnings by
Oliver Strong, has progressed remarkably
since it was severed from the fifth edition
of Bailey’s Histology and launched as a
separate book largely through the efforts
of Aldof Elwyn. This fourth edition carries on the traditional purpose of a “clear
presentation of the structural mechanisms
of the human nervous system together with
some understanding of their functional
and clinical significance.” Doctor Truex
has brought a fresh point of view to the
book. Its organization is greatly improved
by adding an introductory chapter, rearranging other chapters, and raising some
parts to chapter status. “Editorial surgery
was undertaken optimistically in what appears to have been a futile effort to
shorten the text material,” according to
the editor, but I think he was quite sucessful in adding the wealth of new material
with an increase of only thirty pages. A
striking improvement has been made by
the more liberal use of colored illustrations. The new diagrams of fiber connections and pathways are particularly clearly
designed and executed. No mention of the
Paris Nomenclature is made in the preface, probably became a change in Elwyn’s
many drawings would have been a tremendous task. It is amusing to me personally to see the terms submaxillary gland
and ganglion because Doctor Truex has
favored the more cacophanous submandibular gland. A few electron micrographs,
particularly of nerve terminations and
myelin sheaths would have been welcome,
but we are aware that limitations of time
prevented the editor from making these
and other additions. Not being actively
in charge of the course in neuroanatomy,
I have not used this book as a text but believe that it is the best suited for the use
of medical students.
Wachsmuth. Vol. 1, Part 3, xvi
308 pages, 249 figures, 24.5 f 31 cm.
DM 168. - -. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. 2nd Edition, 1959.
It seems unusual that the second edition
of part three of volume one of a large work
on anatomy should appear before most of
the other parts have been published when
the entire proposed work is by the same
authors. We have been waiting, not altogether patiently, since 1934 when the first
edition of this part appeared for the completion of the work. One other part, volume
one, part two, on the Neck, was published
in 1955. The authors explain the peculiar
sequence of the second edition by the pressure of popular demand and the availablity
of important new material, especially on
the hand. The interruption of the main
work was due to the war.
This book contains a magnificent and
complete atlas of regional anatomy. The
colors in the plates are of pleasing richness, the detail is remarkably fine, the
color register accurate, and the arrangements skillfully artistic. The large size of
the page, 24.5 X 31.5 cm, allows full coverage of extensive areas such as the shoulder
and axilla. In addition to the atlas, there
are numerous drawings, diagrams, and
schemes to illustrate almost every conceivable aspect of functional significance and
practical application. For example, Langer’s lines of tension in the skin are shown;
extensive drawings illustrate the muscles,
skin areas, and paralytic syndromes of the
individual nerves; there are diagrams of
the action of individual muscles and their
pull in fractures; synovial bursae, variations of nerves and arteries, fractures and
dislocations, and surgical approaches to
deeper structures are all illustrated.
The written descriptions are well organized, concise and clear, but the average
reader not familiar with the German language can obtain almost full value from the
book through the illustrations alone.
ANATOMY OF THE HUMAN BODY, R. D. Lockhart, G. F. Hamilton, and F. W.
Fyfe. ix
697 pages, illustrated. $13.50. J. B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia. 1959.
A book by these well-known anatomists
commands careful attention. One is immediately impressed by the fine quality and
liberal number of the illustrations. It is
not surprising, moreover, to find familiar
photographs of living persons because the
senior author has given us a valuable
little book on “Living Anatomy.”
The keynote of the entire work is expressed in this paragraph from the preface: “We are more convinced than ever
of the truth of the adage that a little picture is worth a million words. Information
carried by careful labelling of an illustration, even if detailed, is more immediately
valuable and accurately instructive, and,
at least, different students are more likely
to start with the same impression from a
drawing than from words, and in reverse,
a rough sketch by the student will at once
reveal knowledge or betray error when both
might be obscured in verbal description.”
A very interesting experiment in combining printed words and illustrations is
used in much of the description of the
peripheral nervous system. The drawings
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