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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: Clinical neuroscience has seen much progress in understanding the brain since the Decade of the Brain in the 1990s. Since the first edition of this book in the mid-1990s, much development has occurred that has triggered new editions. This is a much-needed update on the molecular aspects of neuroscience and its contribution to clinical medicine.
Purpose: The main purpose of this book is to make the basic neuroscience to clinical correlation. This objective is worthy, but not necessarily different than that of the second edition. It is just a progression of this book's overall philosophy.
Audience: The book is written primarily for medical and nursing students.
Features: As with any other neuroscience book, this one starts with the basic concepts of the histological and cytological organization of the nervous system. It then progresses to the description of different subdivisions of the central nervous system and incorporates real-life clinical scenarios at the end of each section. The main changes in this third edition are the larger number of clinical correlates, the updated literature, and the accompanying interactive neuroanatomy CD. The combination of updated information, clinical cases, and real-life scenarios make this a necessary update.
Assessment: This is a needed update on clinical neuroscience and a necessary acquisition for any neurosciences library. Students will find it a useful contribution to the field.