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July 1974

Inhibition of Memory Formation.

Arch Neurol. 1974;31(1):70. doi:10.1001/archneur.1974.00490370096021

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Abstract

Memory and Transfer of Information.  Edited by HP Zippel. Price, $29. Pp 582. Plenum Publishing Corp, 227 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011, 1973In these two ponderous volumes Plenum Press has published more than a thousand pages of writing on the elusive topic of memory. Printed on heavy stock but produced with an offset press, the very format cautions the reader not to expect carefully polished and integrated treatises.Inhibition of Memory Formation by Gibbs and Mark is really an enormous annotated table preceded by a short summary and followed by a lengthy bibliography. In their brief narrative, the authors list conditions that interfere with memory formation, including electroconvulsive shock, drugs that modify neurotransmitter function, psychoactive drugs, protein-synthesis inhibitors. There is a brief critique of each of the techniques used, ending up on a distinctly downbeat note for each: eg, "As it becomes clearer how to design these experiments (on ECS) it becomes less and less clear why they should be done."

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