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Don't use it if you don't have to...and even then consider not
on June 20, 2016
Another book written by an individual with incredible knowledge, but limited in his ability to convey it. Confusing best describes the book. The graphics are absolutely muddled, and though they are intended to illustrate pathways, they succeed only in conveying the complicated nature of the nervous system, without helping to make sense of it. The text itself is confusing, and neither sentence structure nor chapter layout aid this. Now, speaking only as a medical student, this may differ for doctoral students, much of the text is unnecessary specifics about what types of neurons are in every portion, and what all neurotransmitters they use. Of course some of that we need to know, but it definitely goes into detail far beyond what is needed, and in doing so, makes the clouds the important information. If you are required to use this book, I recommend at least using supplementary books such as Blumenfeld, if not ignoring the majority of Haines reading all together. If you are not required to use it, then don't.