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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Karen Freeman Ortman, MM, BA, PT (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book introduces the reader to the central nervous system, its development, and its essential role in coordinated, functional human movement.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce the concepts of neuroscience in a manner that is not intimidating. Its goal is the integration of structure and function by focusing on the neural basis of human movement. It also provides a synthesis of the current information available on motor control.
Audience: The intended audience includes medical, physical therapy, and physical education students, as well as practicing rehabilitation clinicians. My opinion is that the text is best suited for practitioners seeking a review or an updated overview. It also serves to stimulate interest in students new to the field. The author is a credible expert.
Features: The illustrations flow nicely with the key points highlighted. They are well labeled, readable, and concise. The index and table of contents are adequate. The color graphic on the cover is very attractive and the book is easily to handle. The glossary is concisely written and very valuable to readers attempting to synthesize this information.
Assessment: The book succeeds in its objectives of providing a useful tool for students of neuroscience and practicing clinicians with information that integrates their knowledge of neuroanatomy and function to human movement. The author does an admirable job of building a knowledge base and applying real-life experiences to draw readers in, with language that helps them make sense of the complexities normally associated with the study of neuroscience and motor control. There is a concise, basic review of the central nervous system, an historical perspective on the evolution of human movement, and a synthesis of the neural components, physiological function, and pharmacological mechanisms that result in coordinated, functional human movement. It is well written and well referenced to encourage the reader to seek more detailed information and continue learning.