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September 1, 1989

The Human Brain

Author Affiliations

St Louis (Mo) University

St Louis (Mo) University

JAMA. 1989;262(9):1249. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430090113049

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Dr Glees, a neuroanatomist with a lifelong interest in functional morphology, has written this text to draw attention to significant developments in the neurosciences during the past 20 years. It is more, however, for The Human Brain is a comprehensive synopsis of what Dr Glees has learned during his career as a teacher and researcher studying the structure and function of the developing adult brain.

The human fetus, with its prominent head, is featured on the cover. Within, the phylogenetic evolution of the central nervous system is concisely stated, beginning with hydras and extending through vertebrates to the enormous development of the forebrain in man. A discussion of the fine and macrostructure of the cellular components of the nervous system follows. Functional relevance is maintained through neurophysiological explanations of synaptic transmission and action potential propagation. The section on cerebral blood vessels and cerebrospinal fluid is sprinkled with physiological data such