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Book and Media Reviews
August 22/29, 2007

Handbook of Neural Engineering

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(8):926-931. doi:10.1001/jama.298.8.929

The Handbook of Neural Engineering, edited by Metin Akay, is a comprehensive reference source for engineering applications related to neurology and neuroscience. As with other edited textbooks from the IEEE Press, the Handbook of Neural Engineering contains detailed reviews of relevant subject material from a variety of experts in the field. The book comprises 40 chapters organized into 3 broad sections: neurologic signal processing techniques and information processing based on neuronal processing models; the design and implementation of prosthetic devices to restore neuronal function; and the design and implementation of neural-robotic interfaces for rehabilitation and assistive applications. A number of techniques are described within these sections, including various processing techniques for the analysis of auditory brainstem responses, auditory evoked potentials, electromyograms (EMGs), and electroencephalograms; radiological image processing techniques for neuroscience studies and image processing techniques that use neural network models; design of microelectrode arrays for recording and evoking neuronal responses; design of retinal implants and other neuronal prosthetics; the design of robotic systems for restoration of lost function; and the interfacing and control of robotic systems with neurologic signals. As described by Fotowat et al in their chapter on the analysis visual perception, these topics can also be organized into 2 general categories: forward neural engineering, which is the design of algorithms and hardware for the analysis and rehabilitation of the nervous system; and reverse neural engineering, which is the implementation of our knowledge of the nervous system to develop applications for other purposes.

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