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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Laurie Lundy-Ekman, PhD, PT (Pacific University)
Description: This informal, humorous survey of brain function incorporates psychology and neurology information.
Purpose: The purpose is to supplement neuroscience texts with information about topics that the author believes are rarely covered in standard textbooks directed toward allied health students. However, most of the topics the author cites as being rarely found in standard texts, such as brain plasticity and consciousness, are covered in standard texts and other topics, such as dreaming, are not of clinical interest.
Audience: The author states that the intended audience is allied health students and lay readers. Given that most of this book is redundant with those used in these disciplines, it may be better suited to assistants in the allied health professions and/or to lay readers.
Features: Most of the topics — cellular function, organization of the brain, plasticity, language, neuroendocrinology, and perception — are covered in contemporary neuroscience texts. Two topics, drug abuse and aggression, are likely to be covered in psychology texts used in professional courses. The unique topics include dreaming and the effects of nutrition on the brain. A nice feature of the book is cartoon illustrations that are memorable, clever, and creative. The neurotransmitter cartoons are particularly well done. A significant liability is the lack of references. I would have liked to follow up on several of the studies mentioned in the text, but there is no way to identify the literature.
Assessment: As a review of topics covered in most neuroscience texts, the book might be a useful adjunct for some students who struggle with the complexity of those topics. A superior supplementary text covering many of the same topics is Matthews' Introduction to Neuroscience (Blackwell Science, 2000), which has concept maps, review questions and answers, and clinical correlations that are more likely to be useful to students in professional programs.