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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: The synaptic organization of the central nervous system is likely responsible for the establishment of long-term memory, recovery from stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and trauma to the central nervous system. A review on the topic is, therefore, welcome and suitable.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to address the basic neurophysiology of the synaptic organization of the brain. Leading authorities in the field fully meet the objectives.
Audience: This audience is composed primarily of neurologists and neuroscientists interested in the mechanisms of synaptic organization and control in vivo and in vitro.
Features: The 12 chapters, written by 22 authors, progress from the basic neurophysiology of synapses in the central nervous system to anatomical organization starting with the spinal cord and ending with the neocortex. The nature and significance of multiple synaptic circuits is presented in a simplified yet comprehensive manner in order to reach audiences with diverse levels of expertise. The pictures are good and the references, up-to-date to the time of publication. This book is a worthwhile purchase.
Assessment: This is a necessary addition to the libraries of neurologists and neurophysiologists. Although also useful for neurosurgeons, the lack of immediate application to daily practice would make this book a less attractive addition to their specialty libraries.