The essential reference atlas for contemporary
functional brain imaging
This unique, pioneering atlas, first published in 1988, introduced the original and,by now, indispensable concept of a "proportional grid system" for the brain.The modern understanding of cerebral localization, gained from nearly a centuryand a half of research since the days of Broca and Wernicke, implies that twoadjacent brain areas can have vastly different functions, even though no bordermay be visible between them. Thus, no grossly apparent line separates functionallydistinct nuclei in the thalamic gray matter, or adjacent Brodmann areas in thecortex. Further, brains vary among individuals in length, width, and height, sothat functional areas cannot simply be localized by their spatial coordinates,either. Suppose a neuroimaging study reveals a focal finding somewhere in thebrain. How, then, is the clinician or researcher to know in which functional areathe finding lies? This atlas is the key to the answer. It presents functionalanatomy in a spatially normalized scheme that is applicable to any human brain.Its basis is an orthogonal grid constructed on the line linking the anterior andposterior commissures (the "AC-PC line").
The proportional grid system is now the worldwide standard coordinate systemfor preparing and interpreting functional brain images in all modalities, includingfunctional MRI, PET, SPECT, magnetoencephalography, and three-dimensionalEEG. Research papers in functional neuroimaging generally give the "Talairachcoordinates" of the structures in question. Thus, anyone who wants to understandthe latest developments in neurological research will benefit from owning this book.
This book includes a detailed, easily understandable explanation of the coordinatesystem; a full anatomical brain atlas, with sagittal, verticofrontal (coronal),and horizontal sections; and practical examples demonstrating the use of theatlas in conjunction with CT and MRI scans.
This renowned classic will be of major practical use to neurologists, neurosurgeons,and neuroradiologists, and all other specialists in the basic and clinical neurosciences.
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