Description: This is an atlas of the Rhesus monkey brain, with high anatomical resolution and stereotactic coordinates.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a reliable and detailed atlas of primate neuroanatomy. A high quality atlas is very useful and needed and the authors of this book fulfill this need commendably.
Audience: The atlas is aimed at neuroscientists working in primate models, and any scientist or physician who may wish to compare human anatomy with the better studied monkey brain. The atlas is one in a series of brain atlases in different species, by the same team, all of which have proven to be reliable and useful references for projects such as stereotactic procedures or neuroanatomical analysis of experimental lesions and treatment effects on primate models of various brain diseases.
Features: This atlas contains very detailed anatomy of the rhesus brain. The photographs are paired with diagrams, where the anatomical structures are outlined and named. Stereotactic coordinates are an added bonus. Although not essential for stereotactic planning, the coordinates help provide a reproducible way of reporting exact location of a lesion or target. The print quality is excellent, as is the quality of the photographs and the drawings. The book is very large. While it is helpful to have large illustrations, a very large book becomes difficult to use, and may eventually be left to collect dust.
Assessment: In keeping with their tradition, the authors provide an excellent atlas and an extremely helpful reference. It is a worthwhile contribution to this field. Primate models are important for research of human brain diseases and new therapeutic approaches. However, this atlas can also find a wide audience among clinicians, neurologists, and neurosurgeons who wish to improve their understanding of the human brain by studying comparative neuroanatomy. There is nothing quite like this atlas available at this time, and it is sure to become a classic.