One of the major challenges facing science is understanding the relationship between the structure of the brain and the functions it generates, and in particular how this function can be disturbed in brain disorders. This book addresses this challenge by describing the brain at the neuroanatomical, cellular, and subcellular levels, and analyzing how the cellular components are assembled into functional arrays. This leads to a discussion of the concept of mind, and modern theories of mind based on the function of neurons. The final part of the book considers disorders of the brain, looking in detail at Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, schizophrenia, depression and anxiety. In each case, emphasis is placed on the relationship between changes in the brain at the biochemical level and changes in function at the behavioral and psychological level.
By bridging the gap between basic and clinical sciences, this book provides a new perspective on brain function and brain disorders. It explains key concepts clearly, giving students of neuroscience and related subjects a thorough introduction to this key topic, and a foundation for future study. It is also a concise review and reference text for researchers.
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Philip G. Strange, Reader in Biochemistry, University of Kent.Review:
'This is an appealing textbook ... The topics are of current interest ... The book has a number of excellent features. The text as a whole is thoughtfully prepared and well written and each chapter has an extensive list of well-chosen suggested readings from the scientific literature. I can
recommend this book.'
Philip M. Groves, University of California, Trends in Neurosciences, Vol. 16, No. 6, June 1993
'The strength of the book is that the author has very clearly identified his target audience and catered for it ... the very clear explanations of the basic concepts in the first chapters make this a book which you could recommend to the entire class ... a clear, cohesive and complete account
of the background to a very topical and interesting subject.'
S.N. Davies, Experimental Physiology, Volume 78 - 1993
'The material is well presented, interesting and readable. Students will like the book.'
General Pharmacology, Vol. 24, No. 4, 1993
'This broadly informative textbook encompasses discussions of gross and cellular neuroanatomy, brain physiology, and brain-behavior relationships ... this is a highly recommended ancillary book for advanced undergraduate and graduate students ... One of the most appealing qualities of this
book is its logical organization of content.'
Ralph E. Tarter, Contemporary Psychology, 1994, Vol. 39, No. 7
'The strength of the book is that the author has very clearly identified his target audience and catered for it. I would ... strongly recommend it to teachers and undergradautes as a clear, cohesive and complete account of the background to a very topical and interesting subject.'
S.N. Davies, Experimental Physiology (1993) 78
`the book is extremely well presented and is tempting and stimulating to read. The text is well spaced and punctuated by many good-quality line drawings ... will serve as an invaluable introductory text in the neurosciences for philosophers, psychologists and psychiatrists, and an insight into
integrated brain function for basic neuroscientists. It is an enjoyable read and highly recommended.'
Christopher Bench, Maudsley Hospital, London, British Journal of Psychology, Vol. 86, 1995
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