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September 11, 1996


Author Affiliations

Deaconess Hospital Oklahoma City, Okla

JAMA. 1996;276(10):837. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540100081038

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The neuroglia, the other important constituents of the central nervous system, have long been thought to exist only to give support to the functional cells, the neurons. Judging by the mere volume and extent of glial cells found in the central nervous system, they should have received more attention than they have enjoyed. Thus I welcome the publication of Neuroglia and congratulate its editors, Helmut Kettermann and Bruce R. Ransom, who have gathered 100 expert contributors to produce a compendium on neuroglial cells of over 1000 pages.

The book has 12 sections and 69 chapters. Despite the multiple authorship the text reads as if it had been written by a single author; the format is consistent, and the illustrations are informative. The contents and references are up-to-date taking into account the typical 2-year hiatus of similar publications.

The sections are entitled: "Morphology," "Lineage," "Physiology," "Receptors," "Mechanisms of Cell-to-Cell Communication," "Molecular