The Rat Nervous System

The Rat Nervous System, 4th Edition

The Rat Nervous System, 4th Edition,George Paxinos,ISBN9780123742452

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The new edition of the classic gold-standard reference for rat neuroanatomy.

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Key Features

  • Completely revised and updated content throughout, with entirely new chapters added
  • Beautifully illustrated so that even difficult concepts are rendered comprehensible
  • Provides a fundamental analysis of the anatomy of all areas of the central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as an introduction to their functions
  • Appeals to researchers working on other species, including humans


The previous editions of The Rat Nervous System were indispensable guides for those working on the rat and mouse as experimental models. The fourth edition enhances this tradition, providing the latest information in the very active field of research on the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. The structure, connections, and function are explained in exquisite detail, making this an essential book for any graduate student or scientist working on the rat or mouse nervous system.


Researchers working with the rat as a model system for brain anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, behavior, and genetics

George Paxinos

Professor George Paxinos, AO (BA, MA, PhD, DSc) completed his BA at The University of California at Berkeley, his PhD at McGill University, and spent a postdoctoral year at Yale University. He is the author of almost 50 books on the structure of the brain of humans and experimental animals, including The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates, now in its 7th Edition, which is ranked by Thomson ISI as one of the 50 most cited items in the Web of Science. Dr. Paxinos paved the way for future neuroscience research by being the first to produce a three-dimensional (stereotaxic) framework for placement of electrodes and injections in the brain of experimental animals, which is now used as an international standard. He was a member of the first International Consortium for Brain Mapping, a UCLA based consortium that received the top ranking and was funded by the NIMH led Human Brain Project. Dr. Paxinos has been honored with more than nine distinguished awards throughout his years of research, including: The Warner Brown Memorial Prize (University of California at Berkeley, 1968), The Walter Burfitt Prize (1992), The Award for Excellence in Publishing in Medical Science (Assoc Amer Publishers, 1999), The Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research (2001), The Alexander von Humbolt Foundation Prize (Germany 2004), and more.

Affiliations and Expertise

The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

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The Rat Nervous System, 4th Edition

I: Development
1. Gene Maps and Related Histogenetic Domains in the Forebrain and Midbrain
2. Neuromeric Landmarks in the Rat Midbrain, Diencephalon and Hypothalamus, Compared with Acetylcholinesterase Histochemistry
3. Tangential Migration in the Telencephalon

II: Peripheral Nervous System
4. Peripheral Autonomic Nervous System
5. Primary Afferent Projections to the Spinal Cord
6. Spinal Cord Cyto- and Chemoarchitecture
7. Substantia Gelatinosa of the Spinal Cord
8. Ascending and Descending Pathways in the Spinal Cord

III: Brainstem and Cerebellum
9. Cerebellum and Cerebellar Connections
10. Periaqueductal Gray
11. Oromotor Nuclei
12. The Lower Urinary Tract

IV: Diencephalon, Basal Ganglia, Amygdala, and Septum
13. Organization of the Hypothalamus
14. Hypothalamic Supraoptic and Paraventricular Nuclei
15. Circumventricular Organs
16. Thalamus
17. The Basal Ganglia
18. Amygdala: Structure and Function
19. Organization of the Basal Forebrain Cholinergic Projection System: Specific or Diffuse?

V: Cortex
20. Hippocampal Formation
21. Cingulate Cortex and Pain Architecture
22. Isocortex

VI: Systems
23. Central Autonomic System
24. Somatosensory System
25. Pain System
26. Gustatory System
27. The Olfactory System
28. The Vestibular System
29. Auditory System
30. Visual System
31. Cerebral Vascular System


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