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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: The brain can be studied and described on many levels, from the recording of a single cell to the subjective experience of complex behaviors. This book explores and integrates these different levels of study and communication to provide a novel survey of the human mind.
Purpose: The purpose is to elaborate, integrate, and clarify the three main languages relevant to the human mind: mathematical/physical, objective neurobiological, and subjective psychological experience.
Audience: The intended readers include neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and anyone else interested in the human mind. The author has a record of steady scholarly activities and international outreach.
Features: A captivating brief history of the Rosetta Stone inaugurates this book. An introduction to the history and evolution of neurobiology, especially in terms of the dynamics of the human mind and psyche, follows. The book takes on a historical, cultural, and personal tenor in early chapters. The middles chapters truly begin to integrate neurobiological understanding with subjective experience as it relates to basic concepts, such as consciousness, unconsciousness, information storage, and affectivity. The last section includes very human and practical examples that illustrate the struggles of neurobiological study. The author's descriptions provide a poetic narrative. Color pictures from human history and natural evolution illustrate key points. There are a good number of figures and illustrations. Although there are not many references and they are not entirely current, the intention of this book does not necessarily require the latest scientific study.
Assessment: Dr. Sanguineti has compiled a truly integrated book on the objective and subjective languages of neurobiology. He communicates the complexities of the human mind in an elegant and lyrical manner that is reminiscent of the passionate writing of Damasio, Ramachandran, or Sacks. This is a story well worth reading with enticing case studies as the finale.