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April 1968

Basic Ideas in Neurophysiology.

Arch Neurol. 1968;18(4):459. doi:10.1001/archneur.1968.00470340145020

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This is an excellent short book which will prove valuable to teachers in basic and clinical neurophysiology as recommended reading for their students and for postgraduate physicians who are being trained in basic aspects of their specialty.

Doctor Roberts has a concise, but not over-simplified style in which he has set out the basic concepts of neurophysiology in four lectures. As stated by the author, these descriptions are not meant to replace the standard neurophysiology textbook, but to provide an organized and explanatory account at various crucial points. He discusses the mechanical properties of skeletal muscle, the electrical activity of nerve and muscle (including the electrochemical aspects of neuromuscular transmission), the synaptic and sensory mechanisms for conveying information and the muscle spindle with its role in the reflex control of movement and posture. All these clear expositions are accompanied by equally lucid line drawings, and he has certainly succeeded in

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