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Principles of Neural Science [Hardcover]

Eric R. Kandel , James H. Schwartz , Thomas M. Jessell
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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July 1, 2000 0071120009 978-0071120005 4th
This is the most authoritative introduction to the brain, its structure, function, development, and control of behavior available today. It presents both a comprehensive summary of the state of the science and a full discussion of historical issues in the study of the brain. Neuroanatomy, cell and molecular mechanisms, mechanisms of signaling, and development are thoroughly described in the context of the cognitive approaches to behavior. Thoroughly revised, with a new full-color art program, this text was re-designed to be more user friendly. Also featured is an expanded treatment of the development of the nervous system, the genetic basis of neurological and psychiatric diseases, the cognitive neuroscience of perception, and ion channel mechanisms.

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"This is a simply wonderful book that makes accessible in one place all the details of how the neuron and brain work. The writing is clear. The drawings are elegant and educational. The book is a feast for both the eye and mind. The richness, the beauty, and the complexity of neuroscience is all captured in this superb book." "5 Stars!" (Doody's 2001-11-01) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1414 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Health Professions Division,; 4th edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071120009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071120005
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neuroscience classic January 12, 2000
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I read this book in medical school. Although I would agree that it is probably to basic science oriented for a medical school neuroscience course, it was enjoyable, thorough, and inspirational. There are few books in my life that took as complex a topic as how the brain works and made it comprehensible. It is not a crib sheet for passing medical school exams. It is the first book I would recommend for anyone seriously interested in an understanding of the brain, sensory processes, etc... For anyone for whom a fundamental grounding in neuroscience is important this is the book.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An improvement over previous editions. November 25, 2000
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While this book (in this and previous incarnations) has been hailed as the "bible" of neuroscience, there are some flaws the potential reader should be made aware of. The first batch of chapters dealing with the machinery of the cell are repetitive in terms of their respective contents. Some judicious editing would have been nice in this section. Although the writing style improves in subsequent chapters, those dealing with the molecular biology of the neuron could be a little clearer. Levitan and Kaczmarek's "The Neuron" could be used to either introduce or supplement these chapters. The illustrations throughout are a major improvement over the last edition's over-use of black and white stick figures. While it is a very good teaching text for the money, check your university bookstore or library for other neuroscience texts which might give a clearer functional overview. In the long gap between this edition and the last a number of good graduate level texts have arisen to fill the need.
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162 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introductory & Intermediate Neurosciences June 10, 2004
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I used this in medical school, then graduate school, finding the length and quality improve with succeeding editions of the volume. Very well known chapter editors create a 'Scientific American-like' view of the Basic Neurosciences. This book is grossly inadequate if you want to pass medical and graduate school exams. It's like a "candy-coated" atlas of neuroscience. There are not many rigorous equations to learn in the book. For that you will need From Neuron to Brain or even a higher book such as Theoretical Neuroscience. The strength of this book is the beautiful color illustrations. Its weakness is that it does not cover "hard-core" electrophysiology. Ohm's Law and the cable theory of the squid giant axon are covered, but where is Heisenberg-James' Theory of the quantum vesicle exocytosis, 'HJ' Theory of the Mind, and Boolean algebra. No mention of these ideas. You would have to go to Sir John Eccles' The Self & Control of its Brain, as well as Henry Stapps Mind, Brain, & Quantum Mechanics for further expansion on such theories. Also, where is Bayes Theorem and a discussion of probabilistic Populations of Neurons. Entropy is not discussed. A useful reference is Information Theory & the Brain by Baddeley for this. Ballistic, and Biofeedback are not discussed. Refer to Roger Carpenters' Movements of the Eyes & Neurophysiology 4th ed. Magnetic Stimulation and fMRI are alluded to but not incorporated as valid tools in the study of the Nervous System. Alan Kingstone with UBC, Vancouver, Canada has written a good reference on this. I have not really used this book since graduate school. This text is a very good overview of Neuroscience ranging from cell biology of neurons, ion channel physiology, to Movement Control, to Cognition & Memory. Phenomena like LTP & LTD have their own individual chapters. I still own this book and will keep it as a nice reference even though I do not refer much to it in my daily work.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential text August 15, 2000
By Ruth
This text (or perhaps an earlier edition) was a lifeline for me for many years as a undergraduate and postgraduate student of psychology (with semester units in neurophysiology and neuroanatomy). It was completely perfect in that it covers the fundamentals of neuroscience in slightly more detail than one needs (unlike most textbooks which always seem to do everything in slightly less detail). Just like you always feel that you have to be clutching a calculator when you're studying physics, so you need this for any kind of neural science studying. It has clear, lavish pictures and everything is thorough and easy to understand.
And, oh boy, what a Book! You really feel that you've got something for your money. It's hefty, it's intellectual, and it looks damned good on the bookshelves. The paper is glossy, everything's set out well, and you feel good every time you refer to it.
When I was a student, my general principle was to BUY NO TEXTBOOKS, and this one was very expensive for me at the time, but it was worth it. Probably the most valuable book I had in all my 8 years of formal studying. It contained everything I needed in terms of information on this topic, and on the rare occasions when I had to go further into something, there were very useful references at the end of every chapter.
I strongly recommend it. You'll use it for years, and when it's time to move on, it'll be easy to sell.
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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful
The University of Pittsburgh Neuroscience department uses this book as one of it's main textbooks. It is an interesting book, and one that I've used for years. This edition is in keeping with the other editions of the book, meaning, it is just as disorganized by chapters and topics as it always was. Even though many of the individual chapters are well-written and interesting, I get the feeling the whole thing was thrown together as fast as they could get it out. Many times when I am looking up information, I can't even go to a specific chapter and be sure I'll find it there...I have to use the index in the back of the book. That is okay, but it is time-consuming and I think that students and educators would be better served if the book were more carefully organized. It should be remembered that writing a book for Neuroscience is difficult at best, because the information changes at least every three by the time a textbook gets to print, some of what they have said is already out of date. Karen Sadler, Science Education, University of Pittsburgh,
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
I picked this book up for the Carrick Institute of Chiropractic Neurology. Extraordinary detail and good diagrams make it an excellent learning source.
Published 1 month ago by Matt Mutch
5.0 out of 5 stars didn't use this for a class
but it was definitely good for fun reading
what can i say i'm a nerd!
i read this for fun sometimes and isn't hard to read at all
Published 4 months ago by amazon addiction
4.0 out of 5 stars For neuroscience aficionados, this is THE bible
For those who love neuroscience this is the bible. Great illustrations. Very heavy though:). The copy I got had quite a number of highlights, though but I guess it was expected... Read more
Published 4 months ago by aruna vassar
5.0 out of 5 stars Kandel
It is a good quality. I need this book for my Neuroscience degree classes. I love it. Thank you very much!
Published 6 months ago by Nazli YALCINKAYA
5.0 out of 5 stars globally good
Well detailed book. An encyclopedia like book that covers the basics of neural science. For everybody with an interest in neural science.
Published 7 months ago by Marie-Eve Langevin
4.0 out of 5 stars NEURO GEEK
I Love neuro. This book isn't an easy read, but the subject isn't easy either. So make of that what you will.
Published 9 months ago by crystal omboli
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great writing and illustrations. lots of history and well explained phenomena. worth every penny. well done. the author is a prize winner.
Published 13 months ago by Dierdre M. Freamon
4.0 out of 5 stars TANK YOU
THANK FOR SALE, 'm Happy with the book, very well thanks Until next time, have a happy day. until next
Published 16 months ago by Jorge
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
The book was in mint condition, no issues whatsoever in that realm. I just didn't realize that I ordered the Fourth Ed instead of the Fifth Ed, which was my fault.
Published 17 months ago by Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars NEURAL BIBLE
If you have any interest, or this is your major I recommend you get this book. It is A-Z. The book is huge and heavy so it is nothing you would walk around it, but great for... Read more
Published 23 months ago by sa.123321
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