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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel B. Hier, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a superb textbook of neural science.
Purpose: The authors have created simply the best available introductory text to the neurosciences aimed at both medical students and graduate students with an interest in how the brain and nervous system works.
Audience: Although aimed primarily at medical and graduate students, this book can be read by neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, and residents in each of these disciplines.
Features: Although labeled an introduction, this is a very big and very comprehensive book that stretches over more than 1,300 pages and 63 chapters. Beginning with how the neuron works and how neurons are organized into working assemblies, the book proceeds to elegantly tackle cognition, perception, movement, and emotion. Concluding chapters examine development of the nervous system and recapture problems in language, memory, and mood.
Assessment: This is a simply wonderful book that makes accessible in one place all the details of how the neuron and brain work. The writing is clear. The drawings are elegant and educational. The book is a feast for both the eye and mind. The richness, the beauty, and the complexity of neuroscience is all captured in this superb book.