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The Neuron: Cell and Molecular Biology 3rd Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0195145236
ISBN-10: 0195145232
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"In spite of the overwhelming amount of information on all things neuronal, the authors have succeeded in providing in-depth coverage on many new discoveries in neuroscience and integrating the material into a readable text. ... The Neuron promises to be a very useful textbook ... and a helpful
introductory guide for scientists just becoming interested in the nervous system."--The Quarterly Review of Biology



"In spite of the overwhelming amount of information on all things neuronal, the authors have succeeded in providing in-depth coverage on many new discoveries in neuroscience and integrating the material into a readable text. ... The Neuron promises to be a very useful textbook ... and a helpful
introductory guide for scientists just becoming interested in the nervous system."--The Quarterly Review of Biology



"In spite of the overwhelming amount of information on all things neuronal, the authors have succeeded in providing in-depth coverage on many new discoveries in neuroscience and integrating the material into a readable text. ... The Neuron promises to be a very useful textbook ... and a helpful
introductory guide for scientists just becoming interested in the nervous system."--The Quarterly Review of Biology


"In spite of the overwhelming amount of information on all things neuronal, the authors have succeeded in providing in-depth coverage on many new discoveries in neuroscience and integrating the material into a readable text. ... The Neuron promises to be a very useful textbook ... and a helpful introductory guide for scientists just becoming interested in the nervous system."--The Quarterly Review of Biology



"The text is impressively modern, with up-to date information on the trendiest areas of neurobiology . . . .the book is highly visual, with figures on virtually every page. The figures deserve special comment because they are a teacher's dream: simple and uncluttered, but conceptually powerful. Frankly, although the recommendation is often absurd, The Neuron is one of those books that really does belong on every shelf. "--Nature


"The format of each chapter is ideally suited for easy, enjoyable, and almost effortless learning . . . This is a superbly written and well-illustrated text covering all of the major aspects of neuroscientific knowledge . . . every neuroscientist should keep a copy handy."--Journal of Psychiatry andNeuroscience


"This is a first-rate textbook for a course in cellular neurobiology for upper-level university students. My colleagues and I took it out on a shakedown cruise with a class of 250 undergraduates. The wind really caught their sails, and we sped quickly through it in the ten weeks of the academic quarter. The students appreciated the consistent clarity and the uniformity of style. The illustrations are highly conceptual and were easily understood . . . The up-to-date presentation of many exciting recent findings is a great strength. General principles are illustrated with a useful blend of data from vertebrate and invertebrate systems."--William S Messer, Jr., in The Quarterly Review of Biology


"An outstanding, easily readable, and quite up-to-date overview of fundamental neurobiology."--Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences


"The authors have produced an extremely well-integrated, highly readable, soft-cover volume which can introduce students of neuroscience into the field, and graduates into a refresher and review on recent developments in a most readable and logical progression, beginning with the cell, both neuron and glia, and progressing through the complexities of neuronal networks."--Journal of the Neurological Sciences


About the Author

Irwin B. Levitan, Ph.D., is the Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Neuroscience at Brandeis University. Leonard K. Kaczmarek, Ph.D., is Professor of Pharmacology and Cellular and Molecular Physiology, and Chairman of the Pharmacology Department at Yale University School of Medicine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3rd edition (December 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195145232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195145236
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.4 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I have compared several neurobiology textbooks and this one is my favorite. It's almost like a novel, very enjoyable. It emphasizes understanding of important concepts rather than throwing an overwhelming amount of facts at the students. And the organization of the material is great. There is an updated edition now, and I look forward to reading it.
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By A Customer on January 15, 2002
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This is one of the few molecular neurobiology textbooks available to the serious student. Overall, it is a very well written text, up to date, and quite detailed.
There is one weird quality about the book, however: the authors have not directly referenced statements in the book, as you would expect to find in any good advanced textbook in a scholarly field. They have instead written a bibliography at the very end, consisting of "Recommended Reading" and "References" for each chapter. I am unsure what criteria they used to differentiate the two.
Other than this minor point however, it's a first rate buy. The authors deserve several pats on their backs.
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The molecular biology of the neuron is considered, from its electrical properties, synapses, differentiation, axon pathfinding, to chapters concluding with behavior and memory. Well written and includes easy to follow schematic diagrams, this reference is suitable for the motivated general reader.
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By A Customer on November 15, 2000
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"The Neuron" was a fantastic book to read. It served as a perfect mesh between a textbook and a novel. The book was written in plain english so anyone could enjoy it. The concepts discussed ranged from elementary to advanced which provided a nice progression to more complicated things. This book is a must read for anyone interested in neuroscience.
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I used this book to replace my giant 2 ton physiology book to learn about ion channels. I'll use it again as an additional resource to my neurology courses. I wish I could have an ebook version along with the purchase of the physical copy.
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Excellent textbook, explains very well the terms it presents while on the same time is a very easy to read book. It seemed much easier for me to read and comprehend what we learned in class with "the Neuron" in comparison to our designated textbook, which was also very good but less enjoyable.
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