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January 1968

Neurophysiology: A Primer.

Arch Neurol. 1968;18(1):111. doi:10.1001/archneur.1968.00470310125013

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The title is only partly correct. Most of the physiology is indeed at the primer level. As a consequence the skeleton outline has rather brittle bones and none of the flesh of the subject matter is evident. The author bows to two current fads, including chapters on "Computation in a Specific Neuronal Circuit" and "Memory." The former is so schematized as to make it appear that the visual processes of Limulus are governed by an IBM card. The latter treats our lack of knowledge about the basic mechanism of memory honestly and therefore says nothing useful. However, the material is presented in a simple text and with clear diagrams. The final chapter ("Quantitative theories in Neurophysiology") is far out of keeping with the rest of the book. It deals quite elegantly with electrochemical theory, cable theory, conductance changes associated with bioelectrogenesis, and the electric field that is produced outside the

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