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From Neuron to Brain: A Cellular and Molecular Approach to the Function of the Nervous System Hardcover – September 1, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0878935802 ISBN-10: 0878935800 Edition: 3rd

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  • Hardcover: 808 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates Inc; 3rd edition (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878935800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878935802
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"From Neuron to brain" is a very good thorough text book, with a level that I would rate as a good MA or PhD class. Altough it is not as detailed as for example Candells book, it has two great advantages: It is concise, and quite readable. It definetely rates as a TEXT book that you can actually read, unlike some other books whose use in the end is often a REFERENCE guide, not a text to learn from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In the Preface to this Third Edition, the authors state,"we have chosen not to provide a comprehensive account of modern neurobiology. Rather, we describe in detail those topics that provide a coherent account of how molecular and cellular approaches can be used to study the workings of the brain. We have tried to retain the flavor of the previous editions and to convey the excitement of observing single molecules as they alter their configuration to produce electrical signals, and of correlating those signals with higher functions of the nervous system such as perception."

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"However, out of the billions of neurons in the human brain, relatively few appear to contain biogenic amines---such cells number only in the thousands. What is more, many of the cells containing these transmitters are clustered together in a discrete region of the brain, the brain-stem." (Pg. 330-331)
"Pain itself remains an elusive and difficult concept, beyond the scope of this book. In sharp contrast to the analysis of visual, auditory, or somatosensory systems, a discussion of 'pain,' with its high emotional content, of necessity deals with subjective matters---feelings akin to 'anguish' and 'suffering' that cannot at present be expressed in the language of neurobiology..." (Pg. 497)
"In discussions of this type at this stage, the dreaded homunculus makes his appearance---the cell or the little man in the brain who actually sees what we see. To ridicule this concept is both fashionable and a sure sign of sophistication. Nevertheless, the homunculus does have a useful function: He represents and continually reminds us of our ignorance about higher cortical function. As soon as answers are found, he will die a natural death like phlogiston.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Howard Schneider on November 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Comprehensive introduction to the field of neurobiology. Good descriptions of molecular level experiments are provided. As well, a full chapter is devoted to an overview of the nervous systems of the leech and Aplysia.
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