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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: Neural stem cells have been the focus of much research in an attempt to better understand the nature and behavior of these cells in vivo. In addition, potential cure of degenerative neurological disorders has challenged both scientists and the lay community. Since the first edition of this book, much has changed in the laboratory techniques and understanding of neural stem cells. A second edition was, therefore, much needed.
Purpose: The purpose is to clarify research protocols in the investigation of neural stem cells. These worthy objectives are met.
Audience: Neurologists, neurosurgeons, and neuroscientists are the main audience.
Features: Divided into four sections, the book addresses cell culture, cellular, molecular, and transplantation techniques. Despite being primarily a technical book outlining many bench laboratory techniques, the last section describes a possible use for stem cells in the management of neurological conditions in the future. Neural stem cell transplantation may find its way to control neoplasms, aggressive multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and other conditions in the decades to come.
Assessment: This is a valuable acquisition for academic neuroscience, neurology, and neurosurgery libraries.