- Hardcover: 928 pages
- Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 3rd edition (February 7, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0781760038
- ISBN-13: 978-0781760034
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The content deserves a 5 star, but I gave it 4 stars overall because of a couple shortcomings. The graphics don't convey the 3 dimensionality of the anatomy. All of my anatomy texts do a far better job representing internal structures, and this becomes extremely important.
2nd, there are some areas overemphasized, some omissions, and a problem with the order of presentation. The chapter on attention tells me that one of the authors researches in this area. Sorry, it doesn't warrant a chapter. You know you're on the wrong track when you spend an entire page just explaining the minutiae of a single experiment. Second, there was no mention of intelligence. Yes it's a hotbutton issue. No excuse for ignoring it. Finally, issues were raised, such as fear or emotions, that use the same structure. It would be helpful to discuss the anatomy in more detail early on instead of introducing structures piecemeal.
Overall an excellent book.
There is something to be said for a text that can be read cover to cover, with little strain, and give the reader a clear overview of the field.
The authors have done full justice. Although I am a physician and have about half a dozen books on neuroanatomy, I ordered just because it was so enjoyable to read on "Google review" and "look inside this book". A truly enjoyable and worthy addition to my collection.
I retain things very well if I study them in detail-as if I was discovering them for the first time. Very few books are able to satisfy me that way and this is indeed one of them.
PS: Don't get me wrong: it is NOT a Neuroanatomy text but it certainly will make learning neuroanatomy and physiology and functioning of brain much more enjoyable and easy for the reader.
Despite being easily readable and covering a broad topic, it is considerably deep. Every chapter forms a solid starting point for specialized study of appropriate sub-discipline. After reading this, you can continue with any specialized article or monography without fear of drowning.
It's certainly the most "lickable" neuroscience textbook out there, due to its candy-coated drawings.
-Profiling relevant human diseases (however largely non-rigorous)
-Profiling current scientists
-Presentation of some of the diagrams (colorful, do a fair job at synthesizing information)
It is not so good at:
-More realistic images (stained sections, slice preparations, fMRI images)
The two cons are a deal-breaker for me, however. For instructors I would recommend this book highly at the undergraduate level and only with a caveat to the graduate level.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Half way through this book. Excellent material, easy to understand.Published 3 months ago by FRANK M COLLETTI
Best intro to neuroscience book available in my opinion. Very easy to read and understand, even for those with no/minimal background in the subject.Published 4 months ago by TME
Very happy with this textbook. A few minor errors in images but overall great.Published 4 months ago by Hannah