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Projections of the Lentiform Nucleus in the Monkey

  • Walle J. H. Nauta
  • William R. Mehler
Part of the Contemporary Neuroscientists book series (CN)


The fiber projections of the corpus striatum have been the subject of intensive study and controversy for almost a century. This is particularly true of the major efferent connections represented by the ansa lenticularis. To early neurological explorers, this striking fiber system, sweeping across main subdivisions of the dienceph-alon in tortuous and recurrent trajectories, presented anatomical complexities that confounded even such distinguished investigators as Meynert, von Monakow, and von Bechterew. Although these early explorers set the stage for all subsequent studies by providing a definition and nomenclature of some of the major fiber systems related to the corpus striatum, their observations in normal human brains could furnish no reliable information concerning the origin of the ansa lenticularis, and only gross and conflicting evidence concerning its distribution. To this extent it is possible to agree with the Ransons’ indictment62 of the literature on the corpus striatum as ‘.... voluminous and full of contradictions and misinformation’.


Globus Pallidus Subthalamic Nucleus Corpus Striatum Lentiform Nucleus Cerebral Peduncle 
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  • Walle J. H. Nauta
    • 1
  • William R. Mehler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurophysiologyWalter Reed Army Institute of ResearchUSA

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