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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: This is an update on the recent advances in the understanding of the biology of the motor spinal cord..
Purpose: The purpose is to address the recent developments in molecular biology and neurochemistry of the spinal cord and the correlation of these advances with the clinical conditions seen in everyday practice. This is an important topic, due to the seriousness of most spinal cord conditions, such as spinal cord compression, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and polyomyelitis that affect the motor spinal cord in different ways. The authors clearly meet their objectives.
Audience: The scope of the book suggests a predominantly basic neuroscientist audience. The well-recognized and credible authors achieve their objective with the discussion of the recent developments in the understanding of motor spinal cord biology. The information is conveyed well.
Features: Thirty-one authors contribute 13 chapters in this book. The main focus is on the mechanisms leading to one's movement. The most current genetic and molecular understandings are discussed in detail. The function of different kinds of neurochemicals in the spinal cord is related to the degree of local control of corticospinal influences. The strongest aspect of this book is the broad neuroscientific approach. On the other hand, for such an interesting topic, it is difficult to directly impact the most important audience, the patient. Further research is still necessary, so new drugs can be developed to control spasticity, degenerative disorders of the spinal cord, and demyelinating conditions that continue to impair millions of individuals. The decrease in the active workforce is a reality and cure, control, or better management of these conditions is a must.
Assessment: This is a very good book, affordable, well-written, produced, and printed. The final destination is the basic neuroscience laboratory involved on the study of the motor spinal cord.