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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph I Sirven, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This fifth edition of a timeless classic edited by a Nobel Laureate surveys the exploding field of neuroscience. Given the dramatic changes in our understanding of the neurosciences as fueled by novel technology, this authoritative book serves as a primer of our current understanding of the field.
Purpose: The book serves to answer profound questions. How is the nervous system organized? How are the molecular dynamics of interconnected circuits of cells related to internal representations of acts and behaviors and then translated into observable acts?
Audience: It is intended for all individuals who have an interest in neuroscience. This could include graduate students in a laboratory, clinical professionals, and everyone in between. The authors are some of the most important names in the field.
Features: The nine sections cover such areas as cognition, perception, and movement, to name a few. The incredible diagrams and figures that help to tell the visual story of the neurosciences are the best part, making a complex field somewhat easier to understand.
Assessment: This is a classic and, as such, is one of the few must-have books for all graduate students and clinical professionals who deal with the nervous system. No other book comes close to this for an authoritative, comprehensive approach.