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December 23, 1983


JAMA. 1983;250(24):3342. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340240068038

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The field of neurobiology is new only in the sense that it has emerged during recent years as an attempt to integrate, collate, and compare our knowledge of the nervous systems of vertebrates and invertebrates into some kind of coherent canvas. Because of the many complexities of these systems and the fact that so many disciplines, ranging from anatomy to enzyme histochemistry and synaptic physiology, have contributed to our understanding of function, it takes someone with vast erudition and almost foolhardy courage to undertake what this book's purpose is stated to be: "to summarize modern knowledge about nerve cells and their organization into functional circuits, and show how this relates to animal behavior."

This goal has been achieved with a degree of success, lucidity, and almost Spartan restraint, unusual in such texts. The book's organization lends itself particularly well to use as a textbook or ancillary reference for courses in