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Neurobiology Paperback – May 5, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0195088434 ISBN-10: 0195088433 Edition: 3rd

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"Very impressive; clear writing and a well-rounded overview of modern neurobiology."--Dr. Duane McPherson, SUNY Geneseo

"The author succeeded in performing what seemed to be an almost impossible mission: writing a comprehensive, updated and well-written textbook of neurobiology within reasonable spatial constraints....[An] especially attractive feature of this book is the delightful style of writing which makes reading a real pleasure....I strongly recommend this book as a textbook for undergraduate and medical students, or as a general reference book for neurobiology...it is far superior to other textbooks of its kind."--Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology

"An excellent text for use in introductory Neuroscience courses for graduate students. It is well written, with very good illustrations, and covers the broad area of neurobiology."--Greg Maguire, University of Texas Medical School

From reviews of previous editions: "It is easy to be enthusiastic about this superb volume. It should become the required text for all first-year medical students and all graduate students in the neurosciences." --Journal of the American Medical Association

"Although there has been an explosive increase in factual information about the nervous system in the past decade, an integrated conceptual approach to understanding its workings has been sorely lacking, especially in introductory textbooks. This handsome book is the most lucid and comprehensive available to fill this void." --New England Journal of Medicine

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Gordon M. Shepherd is Professor of Neuroscience at Yale University. He is the author of The Synaptic Organization of the Brain (Oxford University Press, 1979).
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  • Paperback: 776 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (May 5, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195088433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195088434
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1997
Format: Paperback
Clearly superior to most of its competitors, this book will serve as a basic introductory text for medical students, as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the biomedical sciences.
Shepherd does a wonderful job in explaining core concepts in neuroscience, ranging from the cell, to brain systems, to behavior.
Many of the chapters, especially in molecular and cellular neurobiology, will clarify certain 'dark' concepts, essential not only for neuroscience, but for physiology, pharmacology and immunology as well.
This should be one of the standard texts for every student interested in the nervous system, and in integrative science in general.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Smith on April 14, 2010
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This is a great intro neuroscience book.

I bought it to help give me some background when I joined a neuroscience lab as an undergrad. I have never taken a pure neuroscience class so this book helped tremendously in building my foundation for more advanced topics.

This book is not exhaustive by any means and is heading towards the out-of-date side given of the advancements in the field to date. Probably great for an undergrad or beginning grad student.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 15, 2010
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Gordon Shepherd is a Yale University professor of neuroscience and neurobiology.

He states in the Preface to this 1994 edition, "The primary aim of this book continues to be to make this vast and expanding world of knowledge intelligible to students by presenting a unified view of the principles of nervous organization... This edition emphasizes two of the major themes in current neurobiology, the roles of synapses and of active membrane properties in shaping the input-output functions of neurons and neural networks... A second new area of emphasis is development. Increasingly the analysis of nervous organization is focusing on how it arises as development proceeds... (T)his edition attempts to 'see the brain steadily and see it whole,' with a comprehensive coverage of brain functions that includes material both for the introductory and the more advanced student."

Here are some representative quotations from the book:

"Much the same applies to the experiments we do in biology: we can begin to believe in results only if we have an adequate grasp of the theories that seek to explain the nature of the systems we study." (Pg. 67)
"However, the enthusiasm of neuroscientists for this task must always be tempered by the reminder that identifying the neural basis for a specific behavior is one of the most difficult challenges in all biology." (Pg. 515)
"The neurobiological study of these types of emotions has been rather limited. On the one hand, most complex behaviors are simply too complex to analyze, particularly when their emotional component is not obvious.
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By Jerry W. Rudy on September 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is a classic. It remains a great introduction for the student trying to get a grasp on this overwhelming field. Gordon Shepard is a masterful scientist and gifted writer. The narrative form of the book should be welcomed by the novice. What it lacks in terms of modern advances is compensated by its clarity. If you haven't read Shepard's Foundation of the Neuron Doctrine you are missing another classic.
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