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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: The scholarly study of anatomy can vary from a monotonous memorization of names and structures, to an artistic representation of the body in da Vinci's style, or to an innovative approach integrating structure, function, and good techniques of memorization. This book stylistically approaches neuroanatomy in an easy to understand manner.
Purpose: The purpose is to address neuroanatomy, evolution, and embryology of the nervous system in a practical, concise, and comprehensive manner. Those objectives are clearly met by all authors.
Audience: The audience is mostly composed of neuroanatomists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons who want to review major topics of already learnt topics in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. All objectives were met. The author is an authority in the subject.
Features: Through history and facts, the authors concentrate on major aspects of behavior and attempts to correlate them with structural concepts in neuroanatomy. The topic is, however, repetitive and, possibly, not necessary, even if the approach to it is different. In my view, it is a replication of other readily available sources of information and probably other sources would be useful in the same fashion. It may be a worthy book, however, for specific populations of neuroscientists and students who would adapt to a more eclectic way of studying. The references are up-to-date.
Assessment: I think this would be an important component of any neuroscience library, as different study modalities may prevail and some students may particularly benefit from this book's style.