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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Konstantin V. Slavin, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book is a collection of 44 scientific papers that were presented at a Satellite Symposium of the Society of Neuroscience in Tucson, Arizona in November, 1998. Various aspects of motor control are covered, starting with cortical motoneurons, motor units, and muscle receptors, and ending with pattern generation and complex neuromuscular systems.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview of current concepts in the area of motor control studies. Since this is technically the proceedings of the symposium, the selection of articles reflects the state of ongoing research projects worldwide.
Audience: The book is intended for neuroscientists and neuroscience students. It would be of particular interest to those researchers who are involved in studies of animal movements, neural and muscular mechanisms of the movement process, feedback and information processing, and so forth. The chapter contributors are neuroscientists from 12 countries.
Features: The most important feature of the book is the wide spectrum of topics covered. Firing mechanisms of the motoneurons, their input and output functions, action of motor receptors and motor units, physiology of pattern generators, and properties of neuromuscular systems are presented in unique sections. The final section is a summary of the research of movement control in humans. All chapters are well referenced and have an adequate amount of black-and-white illustrations.
Assessment: This new volume in the series Progress in Brain Research is an overview of current research in the area of central and peripheral motor control and processing. Neuroscientists who deal with animal and human movements and movement disorders will find this book both interesting and informative.