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Book Reviews
December 2007

The Biology of Schwann Cells: Development, Differentiation, and Immunomodulation

Arch Neurol. 2007;64(12):1797. doi:10.1001/archneur.64.12.1797

edited by Patricia Armati, PhD, 249 pp, with illus, $130, ISBN 978-0-521-85020-9, Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2007.

“The Schwann cell has been historically underrated and poorly understood.” With this sentence from the preface of this book, Patricia Armati, PhD, professor at the University of Sydney, Australia, underlines the need for a comprehensive book in which the broad spectrum of scientific knowledge about this cell type is gathered and brought to attention. Many neurologists and neuroscientists still consider the Schwann cell as a simple sheath; however, there is much more complexity behind it and its relevance for the homeostasis of the peripheral nerve should not be underestimated.

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