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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lorenzo F. Munoz, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book is an outstandingly illustrated basic neuroanatomy text. Its three-dimensional illustrations are designed to simplify understanding of the complexities of the CNS.
Purpose: The purpose is to create an atlas of neuroanatomy for the beginning student. This is a worthy objective, and the text absolutely meets its purpose.
Audience: The basic orientation of the atlas is to present material from the perspective of a student learning the subject matter for the first time. The author is an experienced anatomy professor and readily conveys the information.
Features: This book contains numerous three-dimensional and cross-sectional illustrations. The references are current and pertinent. The table of contents and index are adequate. The overall appearance of the book is plain and straightforward. Unique features include colored diagrams that engage the student in the learning process. The author also includes clinically relevant commentaries.
Assessment: This is a very useful book for the neuroscience student who for the first time is exposed to the complexities of the CNS. The core information that is needed to build on with further studying is systematically described in a simple, yet detailed manner . Diagrams, in conjunction with the clinical correlations, are excellent aids in actively engaging the student in the learning process. This book helps fill the need for introductory neuroscience texts.