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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: Understanding brain evolution helps one to understand the development of humans as species and the ways to overcome the current misunderstandings of science. Review of the current knowledge of brain evolution establishes a good venue for the study of behavior in humans.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to address the current understanding of brain evolution throughout different species and why some of our characteristics remained intact through genetic evolution. Those worthy objectives are fully met by all authors.
Audience: Neurologists, neurophysiologists, and neuropsychologists would be the most appropriate targets for this book. The authors are definitely authorities in the field.
Features: It is almost like reading Darwin's evolutional monographs for the brain. Where do our brains derive from? Why are we the dominant species? What makes us special? What makes us think the way we do? Obviously, most of these questions are unanswered, since this book is a summary of what is currently known and accepted as part of brain evolution. The references are up-to-date. It is a well written and illustrated book. It is worth reading.
Assessment: This is an important book for neurology, neuroscience, and neuropsychology libraries. The price is reasonable and affordable to most.