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June 10, 1998

The BrainDiscoveries in the Human Brain: Neuroscience Prehistory, Brain Structure, and Function

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998American Medical Association


by Louise H. Marshall and Horace W. Magoun, 322 pp, with illus, $59.50, ISBN 0-89603-435-6, Totowa, NJ, Humana Press, 1998.

JAMA. 1998;279(22):1837-1838. doi:10.1001/jama.279.22.1837-JBK0610-2-1

Since books based upon questions have become so popular, perhaps a book review of questions might stimulate your interest in the history of neuroscience. First, relax—this is not a test.

If you are interested in these and numerous similar questions, this well-written book with 300 illustrations is for you. It reviews the history of the brain and the emergence of neuroscience from the time of prehistory to the 1980s. The 12 chapters review the history of basic postulates, evolution of the mammalian brain, the ventricles, surface contours, lobes and functional localization, cerebral asymmetry and behavioral laterality, cerebral fine structure, cerebral neurochemistry, the cerebellum, thalamocortical pathways and consciousness, the pituitary-hypothalamic axis, and three major integrative systems (the limbic system, corticothalamic connections, and the brain stem reticular formation).

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