BOOKS Books Received and Brief Reviews Propranolol and Schizophrenia, edited by E. Roberts and P. Amacher, 147pp, Alan R. Liss, New York, 1978 The author is head of the Department of Neuromuscular Physiology and Deputy Director of the Institute of Physiology in the Czechoslovakian Academy of Neurosciences. This volume provides a survey of knowledge about basic cellular aspects of the synthesis of acetylcholine in choliiiergic neurons of vertebrates. The review is comprehensive and ends with useful identification of problem areas where knowledge gaps exist o r where present conclusions may rest on evidence that is less than strong. Two Israeli internists, Atsmon and Blum, made the chance observation in 1969 that a schizophrenic patient had improvements and relapses in the course of her disease which coincided with the taking and stopping of propranolol. The agent was tested further in Great Britain in 1974, and because of apparent improvement in several patients, a conference was conducted to discuss the potentialities for treatment of additional patients. That goal was admirable, but in light of the limited material available and published in the present volume, any conclusions would appear to be premature. A controlled study by Yorkston conducted after the end of the conference and included in the proceedings tends to support the usefulness of the beta blocker as an adjunctive agent. Neurotransmitter Receptor Binding, edited by H . 1. Yamamuva. S. J . Enna, and M . J . Kuhar, 195 pp, $17.00, Raven Press. Neic York, 1978 Abnormal Neuronal Discharges, edited by N . Chalazonitis and M . Boisson. 430 pp, $32.00, Raven Press, New York, 1978 This is a textbook with chapters by Snyder, Hollenberg, Burt, Bennett, Lindstrom, Kuhar, Enna, Creese, and Yamamura. Receptor binding procedures are valuable for eliciting information about a variety of neurobiological problems, including the regional distribution of transmitter receptors, the characteristics of those receptors, their functional interrelationships, and even the identity of new transmitter candidates. The volume accurately provides a baseline of information about ligand binding techniques which will be helpful t o all interested in this burgeoning field. The volume presents the proceedings of a symposium held in Monaco in 1977. Those invited are outstanding figures in the field, and the book serves the considerable advantage of bringing together in a single place diverse essays on its central subject. Cellular and membrane excitability is central to the problem of trying to understand epilepsy, and much in this volume will interest workers in that field. Acetylcholine Synthesis i n Neurons, by S. Tucek, 2 5 9 p p , 237.50, Chapman and Hill, London. 1978 Manual for t h e A d u l t Neuropsychological Evaluation, by D. S u t e n i n s k y , 191 p p , $16.75, Charles C Thomas, Springfield, IL. 1978 The manual provides a guide t o neuropsychological evaluation using a standardized test battery. Preoperative and Postoperative Care in Neurological Surgery, Second Edition, by Burton Wise, 187 pp, $13.75, CharLeJ C Thomas. Sprzn&rld, IL, 1978 A straightforward approach to the management of the neurosurgical patient is presented. The Pathophysiology of Spinal C o r d T r a u m a , by Jeuell L OJterhnlm. 212 pp, $19.50. Charles C Thomas, Sprtngfifield,1L. 1978 The monograph reviews D r Osterholm's imaginative and sometimes controversial hypothesis that catecholamine release is causally related to the subsequent degree of injury in the traumatized spinal cord. The Pursuit of H o p e , by Miriam Ottenberg, 229pp, $9.95, Raiilson. Wade. Nezi Yovk. 1978 This is a gifted journalist's report of her experience with multiple sclerosis. 94 Annals of Neurology Vol 7 No 1 January 1980 Peripheral Neuropathies, edited by N. Canal and G. Pozza, 51 5 pp, $64.50, Elsevier, Amsterdam. 1978 The volume contains the proceedings of a symposium held in Milan, Italy, in June, 1078. The contents appear not to have been subjected to critical review o r editing. Explorations i n the Biology of Language, edited by E. Walker, 247 pp, $19.95, Bradford Books, 1978 This series of essays was put together by the MIT Work Group in the Biology of Language for the purposes of defining the present scope of the field and especially indicating the scope and nature of their research problems. The methodological approach is linguistic and psychological rather than physiological, chemical, or anatomical, and the content lies outside the scope of interest of most workers in neuroscience. Sensory Processing, Perception and Behavior, by R. B. Livingston, 106 pp, $8.50, Raven Press, Neu York, 1978 This relatively short essay "presents the main biological foundations for reception judgment and behavior in an evolutionary and developmental context" within the short space of 83 text pages. As D r Livingston admits, "conceptual liberties are taken freely," but even so, the abundance of material-which ranges from quotations of Aristotle to fairly contemporary neurophysiology-runs the risk of becoming overwhelming. The volume appears to be directed mainly toward psychiatrists but assumes an extensive previous familiarity with the content if one is to handle the wide range of material that is included, often without extensive explanation.