Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association, 15-July-2005, Vol 118 No 1218
A Stereotaxic Atlas of the New Zealand Rabbit’s Brain
Ivan Urban, Philippe Richard. Published by Charles C Thomas Publisher Ltd, 1972. ISBN: 0398024316. Contains 92 pages. Price $US27.95
This atlas of the rabbit brain uses an updated technique to more reliably provide stereotaxic coordinates for the rabbit brain. Due to rabbits having ears that are oriented quite differently to other species, a modification of the head fixation technique has been used which consists of using specially modified ear bars. This allows rabbits to be adapted to a suitably sized stereotaxic apparatus, and provides a more reliable and consistent head fixation method.
The atlas shows a series of coronal sections of the rabbit brain (averaged from 1 year old rabbits) at 0.5mm intervals—the sections are stained with a histological Nissl stain to show the location of brain nuclei on one side of the page and a corresponding drawing identifying and labelling the principal nuclei and fibre tracts on the other side of the page. The stereotaxic coordinates are prominently displayed on the axes. A list of abbreviations of the structures labelled in the atlas appears before the figures.
This atlas will be useful for neurobiologists and neurophysiologists studying the rabbit brain, but they should bear in mind that they will need the modified apparatus for accuracy. The atlas illustrations are clear and easy to follow, and as the atlas is relatively inexpensive, it should prove to be a popular choice for those in the field.
The only criticism I would make is that the atlas does not extend more caudally to include lower medulla and spinal cord, and does not include sagittal sections for orientation.
Department of Anatomy with Radiology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
University of Auckland
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