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Edited by Hans-Joachim Kretschmann, Wolfgang Weinwich. Published by Thieme, 2003, €199 (hardback), pp 451. ISBN 3-13-672603-0
Already a well established reference, this third edition of Cranial Neuroimaging and Clinical Neuroanatomy was significantly updated, thereby offering a more comprehensive approach to neuroanatomy than did any of the previous editions.
This book is divided into 10 chapters and an atlas. The introduction gives an overview of the scope of this book but also provides very useful information on “basics” such as the various imaging planes, their historical evolution, and their definitions. The next chapter then briefly describes the various neuroimaging techniques illustrating the useful approaches to the imaging of the various areas of the head and neck.
This is then followed by the atlas, which is really at the heart of this book, as is emphasised by the subtitle. The atlas is subdivided into four sections—one section for each of the three planes and a fourth section for the posterior fossa. This edition retains in all of these sections the excellent line drawings of previous editions, which were obtained from gross anatomic slices. These are now complemented by new, large sized, state of the art T1 and T2 weighted MR images in all three planes as well as CT images in the axial plane. These additions increase significantly the practical utility of this atlas, which is enhanced by the fact that each of the four sections has a coloured margin of its own.
The topography of the neurocranium, the craniocervical junction, and the pharynx are succinctly discussed in the following two chapters covering among others the skull, the CSF spaces, the vascular territories and the subdivisions of the brain. Of particular interest are the newly introduced three dimensional reconstructions of the vascular tree, as well as the detailed schemes of the vascular supply of the posterior fossa.
The well illustrated chapter of the Neurofunctional Systems relates the anatomy with the physiology thereby underlining the clinical utility of this book. This is finally followed by the last chapter offering a succinct overview on neurotransmitters and neuromodulators.
In summary, this an excellent companion for students and medical trainees that will help them both in their initial as well as in their more advanced stages in getting a better command of the complex but very seductive world of neuroanatomy.