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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: Olfaction and gustation are two of the most important senses in mammals. Development of memory, sexuality, and language involves, at least in part, aspects of olfaction and gustation, for most of the surrounding world is populated by a combination of smells and tastes. This book represents a treatise for apprentices and scholars in the field.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to address the recent advances in the understanding of olfaction and gustation in mammals. The objectives are fully met by the authors.
Audience: The audience for this book is mostly composed of neurophysiologists and neurologists interested in the study of olfaction and gustation in mammals. The target audience should be satisfied by the efforts of these authors, who are well-known authorities in the field.
Features: The book's 1,100 pages are organized into 48 chapters. The deep, simple, and well-written physiology, the richly detailed drawings, and the updated literature make this a desirable book for a neuroscientist's shelf. Three sections impart the richness of molecular, genetic, and clinical concepts collected over the years. The authors' fascination for detail and mastery of summarization and explanation of difficult ideas result in this masterpiece.
Assessment: This is a worthwhile addition to medical and physiology libraries alike.