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Anatomy Atlases: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus III: Nervous System: Introduction

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus III: Nervous System


Ronald A. Bergman, PhD
Adel K. Afifi, MD, MS
Ryosuke Miyauchi, MD

Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed

Nervous System Listed Alphabetically

Nervous System Listed by Region

Glossary of Terms


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Variations in the nervous system are fewer than in any other organ system. This is undoubtedly due to the fact that the nervous system, more or less, controls the function of all the other organs. There is less latitude for variation if the individual is to survive to a reproductive age. Nonetheless, there are numerous very interesting," not life threating, exceptions to the rule," which are described below.


Eight hundred - eighty three journals were reviewed. Complete journal titles, rather than their cited abbreviated form given with referenced articles, can be found listed in part 2, Cardiovascular System.

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