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The Mammalian Spinal Cord - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128141465

The Mammalian Spinal Cord

1st Edition

Authors: Charles Watson Gulgun Sengul George Paxinos
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128141465
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2021
Page Count: 695
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The Mammalian Spinal Cord provides a comprehensive account of the anatomy and histology of the spinal cord. The text covers the cytoarchitecture, chemoarchitecture, motor neuron distribution, long tracts, autonomic outflow, and gene expression in the spinal cord. A feature of the book is the inclusion of segment-by-segment atlases of the spinal cords of rat, mouse, newborn mouse, marmoset, rhesus monkey, and human. This book is an essential reference for researchers studying the spinal cord.

Key Features

  • Includes full-color photographic images of Nissl-stained sections from every spinal cord segment in each of two rodent and three primate species, over 160 Nissl plates
  • Contains comprehensively labeled diagrams to accompany each Nissl-stained section, over 160 diagrams
  • Provides more than 500 photographic images of sections stained for AChE, ChAT, parvalbumin, NADPH- diaphorase, calretinin, or other markers to supplement the Nissl-stained images


Researchers and graduate students in neuroscience, neuroanatomy, and neurophysiology; clinical neurologists, neuroradiologists

Table of Contents

1. Organization of the spinal cord
Charles Watson and Gulgun Sengul
2. Development of the spinal cord
Ken Ashwell
3. Vertebral column and spinal meninges
Gulgun Sengul
4. Spinal nerves
Gulgun Sengul
5. Primary afferent projections to the spinal cord
Gulgun Sengul
6. Cytoarchitecture of the spinal cord
Gulgun Sengul
7. Motor neurons of the spinal cord
Stephen McHanwell, Charles Watson,  and Amer Mitchelle
8. The preganglionic motor column
Phil Jobling
9. Projections from the spinal cord to the brain
Gulgun Sengul
10. Projections from the brain to the spinal cord
Charles Watson and Huazheng Liang
11. Pattern generation in the spinal cord
Sharn Perry and Matthew Kirkcaldie
12. Spinal cord transmitter substances
Gulgun Sengul
13. Gene expression in the neonate and adult mouse spinal cord
Gulgun Sengul and Ralph Puchalski
14. Spinal cord imaging
Huazheng Liang - Gulgun Sengul
15. The lamprey spinal cord – Primordial vertebrate organization
Brita Robertson, Gulgun Sengul, Peter Wallén, and Sten Grillner
16. Atlas of the rat spinal cord
Charles Watson, Gulgun Sengul, and George Paxinos
17. Atlas of the mouse spinal cord
Charles Watson, Gulgun Sengul, and George Paxinos
18. Atlas of the newborn mouse spinal cord
Gulgun Sengul, Charles Watson, and Ralph Puchalski
19. Atlas of the marmoset spinal cord
Charles Watson, Gulgun Sengul, Ikuko Tanaka, and George Paxinos
20. Atlas of the rhesus monkey spinal cord
Charles Watson, Gulgun Sengul, Ikuko Tanaka, and George Paxinos
21. Atlas of the human spinal cord
Gulgun Sengul


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About the Authors

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

Gulgun Sengul

Gulgun Sengul

Dr Gulgun Sengul, MD is a specialist in the anatomy of the spinal cord and brainstem, with a particular interest in pain pathways. Dr Sengul co-authored 'The Spinal Cord: A Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Text and Atlas' published by Elsevier in 2009. Dr Sengul was first author of the 'Atlas of the Spinal Cord of the Rat, Mouse, Marmoset, Rhesus, and Human' published by Elsevier in 2013. This latter book includes the first published atlases of the spinal cord of the marmoset and rhesus monkeys and the first diagrammatic and cytoarchitectonic atlas of the human spinal cord. Dr Sengul also contributed to the Allen Spinal Cord Atlas and brainstem part of the BrainSpan Atlas of the Developing Human Brain projects. The rodent and primate atlases produced by Dr Sengul and her colleagues provide an important platform for future spinal cord research.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Anatomy, Ege University School of Medicine, Turkey

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

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