This view simply draws in the DC-ML pathway on our standard dorsal view of the brainstem and thalamus. Note that the pathway retains a somatotopic plan of organization all the way up to the cortex. VP is an abbreviation for ventralis posterior, the name of the thalamic nucleus where the cell bodies of the third order neurons are found.
     Note that on the left, the letters L and A show the position of the "arm" and "leg" fibers in the posterior limb of the capsule.