February 23, 1952

The Electrical Activity of the Nervous System: A Textbook for Students

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By Mary A. B. Brazier, B.Sc., Ph.D. Cloth. $5. Pp. 220, with 96 illustrations. The Macmillan Company, 60 Fifth Ave., New York 11, 1951.

JAMA. 1952;148(8):686. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930080096030

This book summarizes for students of neurophysiology the facts thus far gathered relating to the electrical excitation of nerves, the nature of the nerve impulse, and the electrical phenomena observed in nerve fibers and in masses of nervous tissue. It is not intended to be a technical manual and presupposes a considerable knowledge of anatomy, as well as experience in the laboratory, on the part of the student. Nevertheless, the author's fortunate style lends a certain vividness to the presentation. This will be appreciated by those who recall the oppressive dullness of some comparable works written in the past. The wealth of new information presented is gratifying, and the reader cannot help imagining the pleasure that Galvani, Helmholtz, and Du Bois-Reymond would take in the recent developments in their field of research. Special praise is merited by the concluding chapters on the electrical activity of the eye, ear, other sense

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