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This book is a "state of the art" review. In fewer than 400 pages, the authors have assembled a wide variety of human and infrahuman studies that provide evidence for adaptability and recovery of function in both the peripheral and central nervous systems. The book is divided into two major sections. The first deals primarily with adaptation or plasticity, and is concerned with compensation as a result of sensory deprivation, somesthetic deafferentation, or alterations in the peripheral motor system, after interference with vestibular or vestibulo-ocular reflexes, or after attempts to disrupt visuomotor coordination. One chapter in this section is also devoted to a variety of adaptations in neurons and neuron chains, and the authors present these as examples of learning at the neuronal level.
The second section deals with recovery of function and begins with two excellent chapters that trace the evolution of this concept from the late 1800s to
Spiers PA. Adaptation et Restauration des Fonctions Nerveuses. Arch Neurol. 1981;38(5):327–328. doi:10.1001/archneur.1981.00510050093029