Variations and Connections of the Human Thalamus

1 The Nuclei and Cerebral Connections of the Human Thalamus. 2 Variations of the Human Diencephalon

  • J. M. Van Buren
  • R. C. Borke

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. J. M. Van Buren, R. C. Borke
    Pages 1-22
  3. J. M. Van Buren, R. C. Borke
    Pages 23-39
  4. J. M. Van Buren, R. C. Borke
    Pages 41-182
  5. J. M. Van Buren, R. C. Borke
    Pages 183-411
  6. J. M. Van Buren, R. C. Borke
    Pages 413-473
  7. J. M. Van Buren, R. C. Borke
    Pages 475-501
  8. J. M. Van Buren, R. C. Borke
    Pages 503-530
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 531-589

About this book


In the past half century since the Vogts stimulated investigations on the anatomi­ cal relationships between cortex and subcortical structures, a voluminous literature has developed on the thalamus. Although much of this writing has been based upon studies of sub-human primates and carnivora, the prime goal of most investi­ gators has been to elucidate clinical experience. And indeed, these researches have enlightened the neurologist. From the beginning of anatomical studies of the thalamus, anatomists have sought a meaningful parcellation of the thalamus on the basis of both topography and cellular morphology. However, as the internal organization of the thalamus changes greatly in phylogeny, a topographical designation of thalamic divisions in different species loses its significance. Hence, the detailed descriptions of the nuclear configuration of carnivora, which appeared from the laboratories of Huber and Crosby, could not be readily applied to the thalamus of monkey or man. This has led to the introduction of different and more or less specific terminologies for each species rendering attempts at homologies difficult, if not impossible. Recogniz­ ing the changes in conceptualization of the thalamus and the advances in neuro­ anatomical knowledge, Dr. Van Buren has tackled the formidable tasks of bringing the thalamic nomenclature up to date. He has based his parcellation of the thala­ mus upon the histological morphology of the neuronal components, which are modified, to some extent at least, by the fiber tracts traversing the area.


Variations cortex histology morphology nomenclature organizations phylogeny relationships research

Authors and affiliations

  • J. M. Van Buren
    • 1
  • R. C. Borke
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of Neurological Diseases and StrokeGeorge Washington UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Surgical Neurology Branch, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and StrokeNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 1972
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-88596-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-88594-5
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