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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: Stem cell research has been influencing the development of neuroscience ever since its discovery, in particular for the possible use of stem cells in the management of degenerative diseases of the nervous system. A book on its applications is very welcome in the field.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to address the development of stem cells and the current potential application for the treatment of neurological conditions. These worthy objectives are fully met by the authors.
Audience: Neurologists and neurosurgeons are the main audiences for this book.
Features: The most important aspect of this book is the progression of topics from identification of stem cells in different areas of the body to the potential transplantation for the management of degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and others. The illustrations are well done and correlate well with the written text. In my view, one of the major shortcomings is the absence of sections related to the survival of stem cells in the host organ and the current possibility of clinical applications. Overall, however, the book is of very good quality.
Assessment: This is an important book for neurologists, neurosurgeons, and neurophysiologists interested in the study and applications of stem cells in health and disease.