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January 10, 1996

The Axon: Structure, Function and Pathophysiology

Author Affiliations

South Dakota State University Brookings

JAMA. 1996;275(2):157. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530260071037

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Sir Andrew Huxley opens The Axon with a brief history of axonology, which explains the steps leading up to the information presented. Following this is the 17-chapter section "The Normal Axon." The chapters are 13- to 36-page monographs on a particular area of axon studies. Individually, they are well done and informative. Nine chapters include summaries, which I found quite helpful. Because of the method of producing the individual chapters, there is redundancy in the book, but in some respects this is useful in that each monograph/chapter contains sufficient information to understand the topic under discussion.

The illustrations are outstanding. Line drawings of various anatomical and molecular structures and the reproductions of the electrophysiological studies are camera ready for someone who needs lecture slides. Captions for these illustrations make it almost unnecessary to read the text. However, the text is clearly written and appropriately refers to the illustrations. In addition