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The study of general morphology of the hemisphere and brainstem is continued in the two sections of Chapter 4. The first section contains a representative series of unstained coronal slices of brain, each of which is accompanied, on the same page, by MRIs. The brain slice is labeled (by complete names), and the MRIs are labeled with a corresponding abbreviation. The second section contains a series of unstained brain slices cut in the axial plane, each of which is accompanied, again on the same page, by MRIs. Labeling of the axial slices is as done for the coronal slices.

The similarities between the brain slices and the MRIs are remarkable, and this style of presentation closely integrates anatomy in the slice with that as seen in the corresponding MRI. Because the brain, as sectioned at autopsy or in clinical pathologic conferences, is viewed as an unstained specimen, the preference here is to present the material in a format that will most closely parallel what is seen in these clinical situations.

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