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Book Reviews
December 2004

Brain Gender

Arch Neurol. 2004;61(12):1978. doi:10.1001/archneur.61.12.1978-a

by Melissa Hines, PhD, 228 pp, with illus, $49.50, ISBN 0-19-508410-1, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2004.

In a comprehensive review published in 2001, the National Academy of Sciences concluded, “Sex matters. Sex, that is, being male or female, is an important basic human variable that should be considered when designing and analyzing studies in all areas and at all levels of biomedical and health-related research.”1(p2) The field of neuroscience is witnessing an explosion of findings in recent years that strongly support this conclusion. In her new book, Melissa Hines, PhD, a long-standing leader in the field, provides one of the most complete, balanced, and readable accounts yet to appear on this topic.

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