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January 8, 1982

Medical Neurobiology: Neuroanatomical and Neurophysiological Principles Basic to Clinical Neuroscience

JAMA. 1982;247(2):238. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320270062032

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Advances in all aspects of neuroscience have influenced and will continue to influence the practice of medicine. The number of neurologists will probably remain small relative to the frequency and seriousness with which the nervous system is affected by disease. The neurological education of the medical student may be his only formal exposure ever to the subject. It is with these thoughts in mind that one reviews Medical Neurobiology.

The current (third) edition is organized around a dozen chapters proceeding from the neuron through major treatments of structure, functional systems, and behavior, culminating in a discussion of the application of the principles of neurobiology to diagnosis. An appendix includes an anatomic atlas, a discussion of mathematical concepts, and a précis of anatomic and physiological techniques.

The early chapters treating neurons, synapses, receptors, peripheral nerves, and the spinal cord are lucid and well illustrated, including sharply defined and beautifully reproduced electron