Central Nervous System

  • Alan Peters
  • Deborah W. Vaughan


It is not the intent of this chapter to provide a comprehensive documentation of all the changes that have been recorded in the cells of the central nervous system as they age. Rather, we have chosen to follow the rather narrow path of using our own studies of the pyramidal neurons and neuroglial cells in the primary auditory cortex (area 41) of the aging rat as a basis for the following account, and to refer to recent studies of our own colleagues and of other investigators as appropriate within that context. This approach is bound to result in a rather biased description of the aging of neurons and neuroglia, but we believe that sufficient information will be given in this account for the reader to use it as a means of gaining access to studies that provide additional information and other views.


Visual Cortex Pyramidal Neuron Dendritic Spine Auditory Cortex Axon Terminal 
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  • Alan Peters
    • 1
  • Deborah W. Vaughan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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