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Most of this book (chapters 4 through 16) is a review of the demonstrated and potential mechanisms of recovery from brain damage, and this review is good. The material, which may be unfamiliar to most readers, is organized in a thoughtful manner. It allows easy progress through the various anatomical, neurochemical, and physiological evidences of nervous system recovery. Animal experiments are reviewed in detail, allowing the reader to make some independent judgment of their validity and value. For each possible aspect of recovery, both the positive and negative data are presented in a fair manner, and there are numerous occasions in the text when the authors stop to summarize and to clarify succinctly an entire area of research. Areas of research that might seem unrelated, such as axonal sprouting and denervation supersensitivity, are tied together in the text in a useful manner.
The audience for these chapters should include neurologists,
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