Loren A. Evey
lae2 at psu.edu
Wed Feb 21 23:45:29 EST 1996
In Article<4gfmtv$v62 at grapool30.rz.uni-frankfurt.de>, > >
> > In Article<4gci8p$ime at grapool30.rz.uni-frankfurt.de>,
> > > > I have a quick question, and I'm hoping someone can respond to me via
> > > > email at stclair at cris.com. Can the basal ganglia be seen on gross
> > > > dissection? How easily? Thanks!
> > > > Connie
> > > Get real, get a textbook, and get questions like those off the net.
> > Greetings from human gross anatomy!
> > > Helmut
> > The internal capsule and the relation to the two major nuclei is easily
> > visible (i.c. is not part of the complex). As you may have encountered,
> > there are descrepancies in the brain areas included as "the" basal
> > ganglia. These differences reflect anatomy versus function. Although
> > much of this neuroanatomy is visible, you do not typicallly hear the
> > phrase "Human Gross Neuroanatomy" in the States. Dissection of the brain
> > is done in courses of "Human Neuroanatomy." Human Gross Anatomy usually
> > passes the baton at the interface of skull foramina and meninges.
> > With the current wave of "relevance" sweeping the country (states), the
> > basal ganglia are a great object of study. There is a wealth of
> > information pertaining to basic research and clinical applications.
> Sorry, I overreacted like the typical german academic asshole. But I was
> simply apalled by the nature of this question which - to me - sounded
> like "Does the brain reside in the head? Any tentative answer welcome!"
> I mean, anatomists have been busting their asses since hundreds of years
> (in the case of the basal ganglia since Willis (17th century) to whom we owe
> the first description) and up comes a current wave of "relevance" which,
> similar to the discussion about melatonin, is powered by sheer ignorance.
> Welcome to the 21st century and the Informationsuperhighway! Any dictionary
> would have done the job.
I agree with most of what you say. Nevertheless, my Webster's is a little
light on macroscopic examination of the basal ganglia. I have no knowledge of
the the person who wrote the original posting. I considered that her tax
dollars could be contributing to my salary. I considered that she might be
someone crazy enough to gamble on pursuing graduate education. Thus, I
thought a little public relations might be in order. Who knows, she might
become the next Aberta Einstein.
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