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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: The brain has always fascinated the human race. In many instances, it challenges existence, theology, gives authority, diversity, and exoticism to life. How to explain art, the nature of geniality, and musicality? Is the brain by itself capable of explaining its own nature? What generates thoughts? Because many of these questions remain unanswered, the brain continues to fascinate.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to explore the nature of the theological and physiological controversies that have surrounded the concept of the brain for many centuries. These ideas are worthy of exploration, although other books have covered different aspects of the brain as an organ. The authors meet their objectives.
Audience: Neurologists and neuroscientists are the main target audiences for this book. The author is a credible authority.
Features: The book starts with a historical overview of the understanding of the brain as an organ of higher function, with the social and organic implications it represents. The different views of the brain as a representation of skull anatomy or the association with gods, evil spirits, or mythological figures was the concern of scientists before the microscopic/histologic era of Ramon y Cajal, the author of the concept of brain architecture, the organization of cells into layers that represent a function, a concept supported by Kandel and others.
Assessment: This book is, by itself, a good reference for neurologists, neurosurgeons, and other professionals interested in the history of the brain and its development. It is a worthy purchase for any general or neurosciences library.