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Anatomy Atlases: Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Preface Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy


Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
Peer Review Status: Externally Peer Reviewed

The second edition of this Atlas allows us to respond to many comments received over the past fourteen years of its active life. It has received both praise and constructive criticism. In this second edition, we have made numerous improvements in micrographs and text that we believe will enhance the usefulness this book has already demonstrated in the classroom. In particular, we have completely revised the section on the central nervous system, thereby providing students of neuroscience with a complete set of labeled sections useful for both undergraduate and medical courses. We have rewritten all introductory sections to bring them up to date both structurally and functionally. In addition, all figure legends have been carefully rechecked for accuracy and additions and deletions have been made as required.

The original intent of this book remains the same in this second edition. The student is our foremost consideration. The Atlas' function is classroom-oriented, it supplements but does not replace textbooks heavily weighted towards electron microscopy, it provides concise structural/functional correlations, and all structures are clearly and directly identified and labeled for easy and precise use.

The two original authors of this Atlas have welcomed another colleague to assist in this latest effort. Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D., brings expertise in several areas of histology and cell biology, and his touch can be found throughout the Atlas' pages.

We are indebted to Terence H. Williams, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., for allowing us to photograph human brain stem sections from his collection; and to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) and Edward R. White, M.D., Associate Director of AFIP, for giving us permission to photograph human brain stem sections from the Paul Yakovlev collection; to Mohamad Haleem, Curator of the Medical Museum of AFIP, for his assistance in the study and selection of material from the Yakovlev collection; especially to Paul Reimann for photographing the brain sections (and others); and to Mrs. Helen Fankhauser for assisting in the preparation of the Kodachromes. The Yakovlev collection is supported by Grant Y01-NS- 7-0032-00 from NINCDS to AFIP.

Our thanks to Phyllis Bergman, who carefully revised the manuscript, and to Melanie Devore, who typed the chapters on the nervous system.

We are grateful to Gary Varilek, M.D., and The Digestive Diseases Neuroanatornical Core of The University of Iowa for providing the illustration of VIP-reactive neurons, to Yan-Feng Wang, M.D., Terence H. Williams, M.D., and Jean Y. Jew, M.D., for providing the illustration of chol i nesterase positive neurons in mitral valves of young and old rats, and to Jean Y. Jew, M.D., and Terence H. Williams, M.D., for providing the illustration of SIF cells.

We are also indebted to Martin J. Wonsiewicz, Medical Editor at W.B. Saunders Company, for his courtesy and patience and his assistance in preparing this new edition.

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