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From Neuron to Brain: A Cellular and Molecular Approach to the Function of the Nervous System, Fourth Edition Hardcover – January 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0878934393 ISBN-10: 0878934391 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 679 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates; 4th edition (January 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878934391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878934393
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"From Neuron to Brain has no peer as a comprehensive, yet concise and readable, introduction to the principles of functional neuroscience. This Fourth Edition continues to provide fresh, elegantly lucid explanations along with beautiful illustrations that perfectly complement the written text. The coverage is broad, deep and scholarly. Beginner and senior scientist alike will want to own and savor this book." --Denis Baylor, Stanford University School of Medicine

About the Author

JOHN G. NICHOLLS, SISSA, Trieste, Italy. - PAUL A. FUCHS, John Hopkins University School of Medicine. - A. ROBERT MARTIN, University of Colorado School of Medicine. - BRUCE G. WALLACE, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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Very good book for general cellular and molecular neuroscience.
Elliot
The book is laid out well, great experimental examples, and awesome figures and diagrams that really supplement the written information.
Tawny
With the terminology clearly defined, the book gives a very concise, clear, and logic description on the fundamentals.
Ann Lee

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John Stagliano on August 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This highly readable textbook is probably the only one that has successfully dealt with the explosive growth of research and discovery in the exciting field of neuroscience. The 4th edition of the classic by Kuffler and Nicholls maintains the clear, logical and coherent presentation of its predecessors while keeping up with the latest work involving a range of techniques, from molecular genetics to functional MRI. The book's emphasis on the experimental and intellectual basis of knowledge in the field makes it ideal for graduate and advanced graduate students, even those with limited scientific background. It is doubtless no accident that the relatively compact new edition has kept the breadth and depth of earlier editions without becoming unwieldy. Its only real shortcoming is its hefty price, although it is still below most of the competition. It would be nice to see a paperback edition.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ann Lee on August 11, 2005
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I am a physics graduate student who happen to become interested in neuroscience. I had been searching for an introductory book when I stumbled upon this one. Although I am only half-way through the book right now, I could already tell that it is exactly what a newcomer to this field would need. With the terminology clearly defined, the book gives a very concise, clear, and logic description on the fundamentals. It further keeps one's interest high by relating the fundamental knowledges to everyday experiences. What I like most about this book is that it does not shy away from pointing out what is not yet known. With the last chapter devoted to "open questions", it presents the real questions to be answered. This book is really perfect. Highly recommended.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J Grenier on June 10, 2004
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This book is similar in format and style to Principles of Neural Science by Kandel, Schwartz, & Jessell. Nicholls book is half the length of Kandel's, yet just as good. Colored drawings & diagrams are laced throughout the text. It is strongest in auditory physiology, synaptic transmission, vision physiology, & neural development. Clear graphs and line-drawings of intracellular and extracellular recordings abound. Give this book its chance. It should be on the reading list for Medical & Graduate School.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2004
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This is an outstanding book - comprehensive, clearly written and beautifully produced, with many useful illustrations.
It takes a bottom up approach, starting with the structure of ion channels and their proteins, and moves on to higher levels of structure and function. Because of the current state of knowledge it is necessarily much more detailed regarding the peripheral nervous system and sensory systems than it is regarding most areas of the central nervous system.
You may be interested in "Phantoms in the Brain" by Ramachandran, a popular but very meaty book that takes the complementary top down approach - starting with the mind as we experience it and looking at medical cases to see how it is constructed by the brain.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Medinilla on February 23, 2008
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I'm a 3rd year graduate student in neuroscience, currently studying synaptic transmission with an electrophysiological approach. With biotechnology as an undergrad, let's just say my neurophysiology background was far from being strong. My PI recommended me this book a couple of weeks ago and I'm just loving it. The part on synaptic transmission (chapters 9 to 11) is simply great. I find things that I've read about MANY times before, on books like Kandel's, Fundamental Neuroscience, and many of the classic big textbooks, but none of them deals with this part as this one does. It's kind of the same issues but with a slightly different perspective, a perspective that I think you're able to appreciate more as you gain some experience in the field. Little details, certain experiments that you might have overlooked as a first year student, suddenly make all the sense. I don't think this is an overly simple book. It is really well written, and that's what I think makes it kind of reader-friendly but again, somehow it gets to deal with classical issues and concepts in a much deeper and USEFUL way (particularly for people actually working on this) than the great majority of other textbooks in this area. As I said in the title of my review, I wish I had learned about this book before, and that's the reason I'm writing this. Hope it helps :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Vest on October 18, 2004
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I am a first year graduate student "accidentally" entering the field of neuroscience. I needed a basic text to help me "catch up". This book has been wonderful! The authors' have a great writing style- easy to read. More importantly, the authors are expert at choosing and presenting important, basic aspects of neurobiology to inexperienced neuroscientists without bogging the reader down with unnecessary and confusing detail. In particular, the authors thoroughly discuss ion channels and their role in neuronal communication, presenting electrophysiology as a valuable tool for studying these channels. This text was "just right" for me. However, if you are an advanced "neuroscientist", this text might be a bit on the "simple" side.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tawny on February 12, 2011
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"Neuron to Brain" was purely a recommendation for my Synaptic Transmission class at the University of Pittsburgh. I wanted some solid foundation on the physiological makeup of neurons/cells, etc. so I took the book out at my library first and realized I needed to own my own personal copy! The book is wonderful! Everything goes into such depth, and beyond what I needed to know to some extent, but it never hurts to understand the nuts and bolts of a topic, it only helps you to have a firmer grasp of it all. The book is laid out well, great experimental examples, and awesome figures and diagrams that really supplement the written information. I recommend a stronger biology and chemistry background if you want the book to be a faster read though. Overall, one of the better 'outside of the classroom' purchases I have made and because it wasn't recommended a lot of students didn't think to take a look at it for the first exam. Yet during review sessions, those of us who had purchased the book were able to talk in a much greater depth about topics and concepts from the lectures than anyone else, and we then in turn were asked questions, etc. that could have been answered if only they had purchased the book as well! Again, this book is awesome and it will certainly supplement some of the topics I will cover in the future when I attempt to venture off to grad school!
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