After a slow start, with setbacks and disappointments, the field of reconstruction of the human central nervous system has reached a threshold. Initial results of fetal cell transplantation for patients with Parkinson disease are encouraging, and clinical studies of transplantation for Huntington disease are underway. Neural reconstruction may become useful for other diseases, such as Alzheimer disease, spinal cord injury, stroke, epilepsy, chronic pain, and others.
This book is devoted to the overview of those areas that are likely to have clinical applications in the near future. As the field matures, such a book becomes both timely and necessary.
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