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The fundamental flaw in the scheme, however, was its conspicuous lack of concordance with many clinical observations. Obvious behavioral problems and psychiatric illnesses accompanying movement disorders (such as Parkinson’s disease or Huntington’s chorea), and the obviously abnormal movements in the clinical picture of psychiatric disorders across the spectrum from anxiety (tremor) to schizophrenia (tics, dystonias, dyskinesias, and catatonias) were a baffling conundrum to clinicians. What the next generation of neuroanatomists has unraveled as introduced in this chapter (and described in more detail in Chapters 3–5) has revealed a totally different view of the forebrain and its connectivity.

2 THE LIMBIC SYSTEM AND THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING IT For anybody familiar with the continuing evolution of the limbic system concept, it should come as no surprise that an assignment to teach a class or give a lecture on the limbic system always provokes some difficult to answer questions: What does it include? What does it do? As mentioned in Chapter 1, diverse opinions abound regarding what the limbic system includes and does, but all versions of the limbic system are variations on MacLean’s original theme summarized in Fig.

Fortunately, the neuroscientist in the pursuit of such information now has a large number of sophisticated methods available to produce highly specific labeling of neuroanatomical structure in sections through the brain that can be viewed at light and electron microscopic levels of resolution. Although individual axons can be traced by the famous Golgi method (Golgi, 1873) and with the aid of intracellular injection techniques, the tracing of long axonal projections is usually performed much more efficiently with other techniques.

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