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January 16, 1960

Handbook of Physiology: A Critical Comprehensive Presentation of Physiological Knowledge and Concepts. Section 1: Neurophysiology. Volume I

JAMA. 1960;172(3):298. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020030092028

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This volume is a landmark in American scientific publishing, for it initiates the first effort in this country to present comprehensively the entire substance of a basic medical science in hard covers. Two subsequent volumes will complete the section on neurophysiology. This section opens with a history of neurophysiology, which is followed by subsections on neuron physiology, brain potentials and rhythms, sensory mechanisms, and vision. Although the book is addressed primarily to professional physiologists, most chapters require no more than a sound general knowledge of the nervous system to be readily understood. The work, therefore, has great interest for both clinicians and nonphysiologists working in allied neurological fields. Clinicians should be particularly interested in the sections on epilepsy and pain where the orientation to human disease is clear.

The contributors and editor have addressed themselves well to the difficult task of achieving balance and have prepared chapters which are complete,

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