• Contains a huge range of photographic examples of thalamic structure, from common animal species and humans, to rarities such as the monotremes • Completely up-to-date, incorporating new details of molecular and genetic mechanisms of forebrain development • A unique, one-person perspective from a leading authority on the science, history and literature of this fascinating topic
Part I. History: 1. The history of the thalamus; Part II. Fundamental Principles: 2. Descriptions of the thalamus in representative mammals; 3. Principles of thalamic organization; 4. Thalamic neurons, synaptic organization and functional properties; 5. Chemistry of the thalamus; Part III. Development: 6. Development of the thalamus; Part IV. Individual Thalamic Nuclei: 7. Ventral nuclei; 8. Medial geniculate complex; 9. Lateral geniculate nucleus; 10. Lateral posterior and pulvinar nuclei; 11. Posterior complex of nuclei; 12. Intralaminar nuclei; 13. Medial nuclei; 14. Anterior nuclei and lateral dorsal nucleus; 15. Ventral thalamus; 16. Epithalamus; Part V. Comparative Structure: 17. Comparative anatomy of the thalamus; 18. The human thalamus; Part VI. Conclusions: 19. Concluding remarks; References; Index.