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On the Brain Structure That Expert Dissectors Have Compared to a Tortoise-Like Vault 

On the Brain Structure That Expert Dissectors Have Compared to a Tortoise-Like Vault
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On the Brain Structure That Expert Dissectors Have Compared to a Tortoise-Like Vault
Author(s):

Marco Catani

and Stefano Sandrone

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199383832.003.0019
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date: 18 May 2021

The arched fibre bundle described by Vesalius as the tortoise-like body is known in modern neuroanatomy as the fornix. We now recognise that it connects brain regions dedicated primarily to memory – from the hippocampus to the hypothalamus. Through direct observation of fresh specimens, Vesalius produces a description that is accurate in many respects. Throughout the years our knowledge of the fornix has improved. However, the struggle to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is a reminder that despite an increasing knowledge on the anatomy and functions of the fornix accumulated over 500 years, treatments for memory disorders are still in their infancy.

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