The Brain Book: Development, Function, Disorder, Health

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The brain (and mental health) is the most important medical issue of our time.

Just two handfuls in size and made of billions of nerve and ganglial cells, the living brain controls our thoughts, movements, behavior and emotions. It is the seat of our consciousness, yet scientists are still discovering how the living brain actually works.

The Brain Book combines the latest image technology with easy-to-understand authoritative text. Written by an international team of medical experts on brain science, it covers all aspects of brain function, from development and disorders, to the nature of consciousness, through to the aging brain and brain diseases. Topics include brain chemistry, memory, the teenage brain, illusions and hallucinations, music and the brain, sleep and wakefulness, anesthetics, degenerative brain disease and much more.

The book is organized into nine sections:

  • Structure and Function
  • Development
  • The Senses
  • Movement and Actions
  • The Social Brain
  • Mind, Consciousness, Mood and Psychosis
  • Brain Plasticity, Injury and Repair
  • Drugs and the Brain
  • Aging and Disease

The Brain Book is a complete guide to the amazingly complex and intriguing structure that is the human brain. It is an essential reference for any library.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Gilbert Taylor
An informative general introduction, this will well serve the basic science collection.
Winnipeg Free Press - Randy Midzain
This could have easily been a very dull tome. It isn't.
National Science Teachers Association Recommends - Steve Canpipe
There is something almost magical about a beautiful, colorful, well-illustrated book... There is hardly a single page without a full color photograph or illustration. The topics covered are wide ranging.... It is definitely a useful special topic book in upper middle school and high school. It would be particularly useful for a teacher who is interested in preparing some background information for elementary or middle level students.... This would make a good classroom or library reference book.... Those outside the education ranks would also benefit from the use of this book to look up items that might be if interest.
Shelf Life
Owning a book on the brain is a no brainer, as the saying goes. It is an essential book for yourself and your family.
Vancouver Sun - Tracey Tufnail
Jaw-dropping images—MRIs, micrographs (photographs taken through a microscope), and detailed graphics—which display the brain like you've never seen, or thought of it, before. But think of it we should.... There's much to learn, and all of it is fascinating.... This volume is so much more than a beautifully illustrated coffee table book, it is both fascinatingly detailed and extraordinarily readable. No reference library, or lover of good books, should be without a copy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770851269
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 683,956
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Ashwell, BMedSc, MB, BS, PhD, is Professor of Anatomy in the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He was also the Chief Consultant for Anatomy Colour-in Flash Cards and The Human Body Identification Manual.

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Table of Contents



  • Chapter 1 - Brain and spinal cord function
  • Chapter 2 - Nerves, nerve cells, and brain chemistry
  • Chapter 3 - Development of the brain and spinal cord
  • Chapter 4 - The senses
  • Chapter 5 - Movement and actions
  • Chapter 6 - The social and thinking brain
  • Chapter 7 - Mind, consciousness, mood, and psychosis
  • Chapter 8 - Brain plasticity, injury, and repair
  • Chapter 9 - Drugs and the brain
  • Chapter 10 - Diseases and disorders
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