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March 1987

Basic Neuroscience: A Structural and Functional Approach

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Los Angeles

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(3):329. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060030049021

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The field of neuroscience has been growing at an extraordinary rate, and this is yet another book that attempts to synthesize the current knowledge in a relatively small paperback volume. Drs Afifi and Bergman certainly have the credentials and perspective for such an enterprise. As expected from the title, the emphasis is on basic neuroscience, and the approach is structural and functional, but to use the authors' own words (in the preface), the book is "not exhaustive." Although the book never specifically claims to be about human neuroscience, Dr Afifi's background as a neurologist clearly influences the perspective of this book, as it emphasizes human neuroanatomy whenever possible.

"... the book is too elementary for the serious student of neuroscience."

The organization of the topics is approached in a traditional way. There are 22 chapters. Chapters 1 through 3 are introductory, and chapters 4 through 11 concern an ascendance from the

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