Human Brainstem

Human Brainstem

Cytoarchitecture, Chemoarchitecture, Myeloarchitecture

1st Edition - May 23, 2019

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  • Authors: George Paxinos, Teri Furlong, Charles Watson

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Human Brainstem: Cytoarchitecture, Chemoarchitecture, Myeloarchitecture explores how the human brainstem has been impeded by the unavailability of an up-to-date, comprehensive, diagrammatic and photographic atlas. Now, with the first detailed atlas on the human brainstem in more than twenty years, this book presents an accurate, comprehensive and convenient reference for students, researchers and pathologists.

Key Features

  • Presents the first detailed atlas on the human brainstem in more than twenty years
  • Represents all areas of the medulla, pons and midbrain in the plane transverse to the longitudinal axis of the brainstem
  • Consists of 63 plates and 63 accompanying diagrams with an interplate distance of one millimeter
  • Includes photographs of Nissl and acetylcholinesterase (AChE) stained sections at alternate levels
  • Provides an accurate and convenient guide for students, researchers and pathologists


Researchers and advanced students in neuroscience, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, pathology, and biomedicine

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    Source of Tissue
    Diagrams and Labeled Photographs
    In Vivo MRI
    Stereotaxic Grid

    Nomenclature and Abbreviations
    Gene Expression Reveals the Segmentation of the Brainstem
    The Construction of Abbreviations in the Paxinos/Watson Nomenclature

    The Basis of the Delineation of Structures
    Efferent and Afferent nuclei of the Cranial Nerves
    Reticular and Tegmental Nuclei of Brainstem
    Monoamine Nuclei of the Brainstem
    Precerebellar Nuclei and Red Nucleus
    Nuclei Related to the Visual System

Product details

  • No. of pages: 246
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: May 23, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press

About the Authors

George Paxinos

George Paxinos
Professor George Paxinos, AO (BA, MA, PhD, DSc) completed his BA at The University of California at Berkeley, his PhD at McGill University, and spent a postdoctoral year at Yale University. He is the author of almost 50 books on the structure of the brain of humans and experimental animals, including The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates, now in its 7th Edition, which is ranked by Thomson ISI as one of the 50 most cited items in the Web of Science. Dr. Paxinos paved the way for future neuroscience research by being the first to produce a three-dimensional (stereotaxic) framework for placement of electrodes and injections in the brain of experimental animals, which is now used as an international standard. He was a member of the first International Consortium for Brain Mapping, a UCLA based consortium that received the top ranking and was funded by the NIMH led Human Brain Project. Dr. Paxinos has been honored with more than nine distinguished awards throughout his years of research, including: The Warner Brown Memorial Prize (University of California at Berkeley, 1968), The Walter Burfitt Prize (1992), The Award for Excellence in Publishing in Medical Science (Assoc Amer Publishers, 1999), The Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research (2001), The Alexander von Humbolt Foundation Prize (Germany 2004), and more.

Affiliations and Expertise

Neuroscience Research Australia and The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Teri Furlong

Teri Furlong works at Neuroscience Research Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Neuroscience Research Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Charles Watson

Charles Watson is a neuroscientist and public health physician. His qualifications included a medical degree (MBBS) and two research doctorates (MD and DSc). He is Professor Emeritus at Curtin University, and holds adjunct professorial research positions at the University of New South Wales, the University of Queensland, and the University of Western Australia. He has published over 100 refereed journal articles and 40 book chapters, and has co-authored over 25 books on brain and spinal cord anatomy. The Paxinos Watson rat brain atlas has been cited over 80,000 times. His current research is focused on the comparative anatomy of the hippocampus and the claustrum. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Sydney in 2012 and received the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Australasian Society for Neuroscience in 2018.

Affiliations and Expertise

John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Health Science, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia and Neuroscience Research Australia, NSW Sydney, Australia

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  • AristeaPsilopanagioti Wed Jul 24 2019

    A great book for a

    A great book for a very important structure of the human brain.

  • K. M. Sun Jan 27 2019

    K. Motawei

    Great work, yes we can not rely solely on animal research in such a unique organ

  • Rosi L. Wed Dec 12 2018

    Maravilhosa descoberta.

    Essa maravilhosa descoberta irá confirmar, muitas técnicas de Terapias Alternativas, como a Kundaline, os chakras, os benefícios da Meditação....... Fico feliz com essa descoberta, pois a mais de 40 anos pesquiso sobre o a +, que a ciência convencional poderia nos dar sobre o assuntos sobre Terapias Alternativas. Hoje com 70 anos, parabenizo os Doutores.