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August 1965

The Developing Brain.

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By Williamina W. Himwich and Harold E. Himwich. Vol. 9 of Progress in Brain Research. Price, $14.50. Pp 267. Elsevier Press Inc., 2330 Holcombe Blvd, Houston 25, Texas, 1964.

Arch Neurol. 1965;13(2):221. doi:10.1001/archneur.1965.00470020111020

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Abstract

This monograph The Developing Brain is a report of a symposium held at Galesburg State Research Hospital, Illinois, April 1963. Forty-eight scientists contributed. The symposium is a correlation of the structural, functional, chemical, cognitive, and behavioral fields of the central nervous system in relation to its phylo-ontogenetic unfolding. This correlation is exemplified in the chapter on "Systemogenesis," an intriguing neurobiological hypothesis accounting for animal kingdom species specificity and human individuality. This hypothesis is supported by an interesting chapter on the ontogenetic modification of the EEG, demonstrating the variability and the individuality of the changing EEG in relation to the ontogenetic unfolding of the brain.

The chapter presenting evidence that the brain of the neonate is less vulnerable to hypoxia than in childhood and adult life has practical clinical application requiring reevaluation of our too liberal assumption of brain damage from hypoxia in the newborn. There are several brief chapters on

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