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January 1960

The Process of Aging in the Nervous System.

AMA Arch Neurol. 1960;2(1):113. doi:10.1001/archneur.1960.03840070115016

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A large amount of valuable information has been brought together in this compendium, the fifth monograph in the series, "Symposia in Neuroanatomical Sciences." This superb volume is a well-organized, concise review of knowledge about the aging process in the nervous system by thirty-two distinguished investigators from the fields of anatomy, biochemistry, neurology, neuropathology, and psychology. Full chapters deal with the chemical, morphological, and functional alterations that characterize the aged brain. Adherence by the editors to the impromptu "round-table" discussions results in a free, lucid style. A useful bibliography is included.

A clear distinction is not always made between the aging process per se, on the one hand, and the accumulative effects of trauma and disease, particularly of atherosclerosis and the abiotrophies, on the other. Since the scope of this small book is extremely broad, it lacks completeness as a reference text, but, nevertheless, constitutes a very substantial contribution to a

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