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August 1967

Pharmacology and Physiology of the Reticular Formation: Progress in Brain Research.

Arch Neurol. 1967;17(2):224. doi:10.1001/archneur.1967.00470260114022

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The preface of this book announces that this is the third in a series of books devised to divulge progress in neurophysiology and neuropharmacology achieved in the Soviet Union. It is rather disappointing to note that in a book printed in 1967 the latest reference dated 1962. In a field such as this where developments have been evolving at a rapid pace, one wonders if the subtitle, Progress in Brain Research, is applicable.

The contents of several chapters are more or less a review of Western literature, and the additions and contributions of Russian scientists are marginal and quite limited. While a chapter written by Shapovalov on pharmacology and physiology of the synaptic transmission of excitation appears well documented and readable, many of the other chapters are poorly written and the editing rather imprecise.

Even in this chapter one drug is indicated by two different terms, corazol and cardiazol, neither

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