October 19, 1963

The Waking Brain.

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New Orleans


By H. W. Magoun. 2nd ed. 188 pp. $7.75. Charles C Thomas, Springfield, Ill., 1963

JAMA. 1963;186(3):275. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710030115034

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The new and enlarged edition of this superbly lucid book will be welcomed equally by the serious student and the casual dilettante. In his usual delightful style, Professor Magoun illustrates his appreciation of the issues basic to the form and function of the brain. His intrinsic anatomical approach repeatedly shines through the murk of interdisciplinary approaches to brain function.

His first chapter, on historical aspects, is imaginatively done despite almost excessive illustration. Repeated hints of his own search for a universal natural truth appear, viz: a comparison between geological and neurological stratifications—a sort of philosopher's Liesegang ring, as it were. An authoritative chapter on regulation of spinal reflexes regrettably adheres primarily to Eccles' version of synaptic events, whereas the views of Bishop, quoted in the first edition, seem more relevant to brain function. It is also disappointing that the author persists in his own version of sources of activation for

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