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July 1965

Instrumentation With Semiconductors for Medical Researxchers.

Arch Neurol. 1965;13(1):106-107. doi:10.1001/archneur.1965.00470010110017

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The publishers claim that the book is "written for the life scientist—psychiatrists, physiologists, psychologists, and medical specialists who use instruments in diagnosis, treatment, or research." The level, however, is that suited to the "medical specialist" who is assumed to know nothing about electrical theory or practice. For the latter purpose the achievement is very good. The text concentrates on describing semiconductor devices and circuits in terms of the principles of their operation and of the functions which they are called on to perform.

The very elementary text is lucid even though English is somewhat fractured in the performance. The diagrams are numerous and simple. Some careless errors occur (eg, Fn. on p 128), but they are not particularly damaging.

The clinician will gain no insight into the problems and difficulties he may encounter in research ( for some of these he might consult Experimental Biology by R. H. Kay [Reinhold, 1964]

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