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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Konstantin V. Slavin, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a brief overview of basic medical neuroscience, primarily neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, using large annotated schematic illustrations and short accompanying explanations.
Purpose: The authors state their objective is to provide a clear and comprehensible amount of neuroscience in just 128 pages. This is a great way to introduce complicated topics to beginners in the field. The authors perfectly accomplish their objective.
Audience: The book is designed primarily for undergraduate medical students, but most physicians and neuroscientists at more advanced stages of their training will also benefit from reading it. The authors are university neuroscientists from Cambridge and Cardiff.
Features: The book is divided into sections of anatomy and functional organization, and sensory, motor, and autonomic systems. In a separate section plasticity and specific neural disorders are discussed. All these areas are well covered. A unique feature is two additional glossaries that are available as free companions through the Internet. There is an appendix about neurotransmitters and a brief index. Several illustrations are mislabeled or misaligned, but this does not decrease the usefulness of the book.
Assessment: This is an excellent review of medical neuroscience that is designed for easy and fast studying or course preparation. The authors make the book very readable and yet comprehensive through use of accurate and detailed illustrations and a combination of basic science elements with multiple clinical examples.