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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David H. Sarne, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a new book describing the relationship between the brain and the endocrine system and their role in controlling behavior.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an introduction to the interaction between neurotransmitters and hormones and their relationship to the control of behavior.
Audience: This book is targeted for introductory students in the neurosciences and physiological psychology. It is appropriate for students at this level but would be of limited usefulness for more advanced students.
Features: The book includes numerous clear diagrams. A number of comprehensive tables are especially helpful in summarizing the actions of the neurotransmitters. The references are dated, with all primary references at least three years old.
Assessment: This is a useful book for introductory students in the neurosciences. The first chapters provide basic information on the synthesis, regulation, and mechanisms of action of hormones and neurotransmitters. The remainder of the text clearly describes the interaction between neurotransmitters and hormones and their relationship with animal behaviors. The book also contains an extensive discussion of the interaction of the immune system with the brain and endocrine systems. The book is of limited usefulness for more advanced students, because it provides only limited information about the molecular biology of hormone action and regulation, and the references are not sufficiently current.