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April 2, 1982

Electric Fields of the Brain: The Neurophysics of EEG

JAMA. 1982;247(13):1879-1880. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320380071046

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Computer technology is widely used to process biomedical information. Indeed, electrodiagnostic studies of heart, nervous system, and blood flow as well as radiographic procedures are dependent on computer assistance. Clinical electroencephalography, by contrast, remains largely a test, the interpretation of which must be done the old-fashioned way—by people.

In their book the authors present mathematical, physical, physiological, engineering, and medical facts in an effort to diminish a communication gap amongst electroencephalographers, engineers, and physicists. In fact, their book is directed to practitioners of each of those disciplines.

The book focuses on the various aspects of electrophysiology of the brain. The first three chapters concern the relationship of physics and electrophysiology, while subsequent chapters are related to potentials in different biologic media and the generation and recording of cerebral electrical activity. Computer methodology applicable to electroencephalography is mentioned.

This book has considerable value in its presentation of clinical, theoretical, and speculative