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August 1978

Biochemical Correlates of Brain Structure and Function

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Galveston, Tex

Arch Neurol. 1978;35(8):551. doi:10.1001/archneur.1978.00500320071024

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In nine chapters and with contributions from 13 other neurobiochemists, Professor A. N. Davison reviews examples of contemporary work interrelating chemistry and function in the nervous system.

The chapters deal in order with biochemical, morphological, and functional changes in the developing brain, regulation of RNA metabolism in the developing brain, metabolic influences on cell proliferation in the brain, cyclic nucleotides and neuronal function, neurotransmitter-related pathways, physiological aspects of brain metabolism, the physiology of the neurohypophysial system and its relation to memory processes, learning and brain metabolism, and the biochemistry of sleep.

Each chapter stands alone and provides a brief review that is not intended to be definitive or an exhaustive literature review. The references are given in the classical English fashion, sans titles, which leaves the reader wondering what the authors were actually writing about.

Only one of the chapters, that by T. J. Crow on neurotransmitter-related pathways, contains a

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