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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: Major advances in neuroimaging required a third edition of this popular book on neuroscience, which was last published in 2003.
Purpose: The main purpose is to enable students to focus on and understand difficult aspects in neuroscience.
Audience: Neurologists, neuroscientists, and health science students are the main audience.
Features: Three authors contribute the 60 chapters in this book. The illustrations, mostly in color, are self-explanatory and help readers understand concepts acquired from other major textbooks, such as Kandel et al.'s Principles of Neural Science, 4th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2000). However, there are not a lot of images representing current neuroscience. There are no images of intracranial atherosclerosis, vertebrobasilar insufficiency, molecular imaging for degenerative diseases, and other examples of recent technologies. Most of the concepts were explained in the previous edition and an online update would be very helpful. It is, however, a good book for most health science libraries.
Assessment: This is a good book, but the third edition may not be necessary, since most of the concepts were previously addressed and there are not enough new illustrations to justify another edition. It is comparable to its previous edition with very few updates.