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January 1957

Biochemistry and the Central Nervous System.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;77(1):56. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330310066012

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The scope of this new book is broader than the title implies. The basic biochemistry and physiology of the central nervous system are reviewed briefly, with referral to examples of altered function in disease. The chemistry at times is too well digested; however, this is the fault of the reader, not the author. From reading the short passages on a given subject one has an excellent summary of the topic, and a good bibliography allows the reader to go further.

The metabolism and chemical composition of the brain in situ, as well as the metabolism of separated cerebral tissues, are outlined and discussed as related to general metabolic changes in health and disease. Cerebral respiration is discussed in detail. The various energy and metabolic pathways are reviewed and then related to specific changes in the nervous system. The cytochemical and histochemical aspects of the nervous system are recounted first in

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