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Book and Media Reviews
March 8, 2006


Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(10):1190-1194. doi:10.1001/jama.295.10.1191-b

The seventh edition of Basic Neurochemistry: Molecular, Cellular and Medical Aspects maintains the general organization of previous editions while being updated throughout since the last edition of 6 years ago. Its 58 chapters are divided among eight sections, which focus on cellular mechanisms and neural membranes; intercellular signaling; extracellular signaling; growth, development, and differentiation; metabolism; inherited neurodegenerative diseases; sensory transduction; and neural processing and behavior. Chapters are written by expert contributors and contain useful color illustrations. Many chapters now include information on the crystal structure of several proteins and knockout models. There are new chapters on stem cells, apoptosis and necrosis, and pain.