Annual review of neuroscience vol 1 edited by W. Maxwell Cowan Zach W. Hall and Eric R. Kandel Annual Reviews Palo Alto 1978 506 pp illustrated $17код для вставкиСкачать
BOOKS Review Pathology of Peripheral Nerve B,. A. K . Ajbuq and P . C . Johnson W . B . Saunder~Conipan.y, Philadelphiu, 1978 311 pp, illuJtrdted, S2.3.40 Reviewed b j Herbert H . Schaumburg, MD This is an excellent book, a d - w r i t t e n , concise, and-most important-well organized both for rapid reference on specihc problems and for general reading. The extent of the authors’ experience in this specialty is mirrored by the fidct that nearly all the photographs in this heavily illustrated volume are ofgooti quality and come from their own tilCS. After an initial chapter that devotes 40 pages to a description of normal nerve, the authors present a lucid, extensive description of the general pathological mechanisms underlying peripheral nerve disease. Logically, the next four chapters deal with the most common categories of nerve disease, the mechanisms of which were just outlined. ‘Thus the reader is given considerable data o n the individual Jisordci-s in an understanciable framework. This is one of the clear advantages of a one- or two-authored volume, and avoids the pitfall of the random lists of diseases that characterize inmy o t today’s multiauthored textbooks. Chapter 2 0 gives a concise iirscriprion of the clinical aspects of peripheral nerve disease which should be required reaciing for neurology residents and medical students. Indeed, one of m y few reservations about this volume is its relegation of clinic-a1 discussion t o the end, where it may be Despite its inclusion in a series designed for pathologists, this book shoulJ have a far wider appeal and is strongly recommended for clinical neurologists and neurobiologists with an interest in the peripheral nervous system. Books Received and Brief Reviews Neuro-Ophthalmology: CIinical Signs a n d Symptoms, by ThonlasJ . WdIsh. Leu & Fehiger, Philadelphia, 1978, 294 p p , illust rated, S22.5 0 Textbooks in neuroophthalniologp abound these days. This one is ilistinctivc in that i t approaches the problem from the s t a d p o i n t of major symptoms. Chapters cover papilledema, pupillary abnormalities, exophthalmos, ptosis, ciiplopia, retinal disease, radiology, facial palsy, blurred vision, headache, nystagmus, and gaze and field defects. T h e writing is clear, but ?he presentation is at the level of an elementary text. Tne physlology of disease is underemphasized, and the impression conveyed is that this is an empirically based voiume primarily reflecting the author’s extensive clinical experience. Neuro-ophthalmology, edited by Joel S . Glaser, Harper C Row, Hagerstown, M D , 1978, 364 p p , ilhstrated, $35.00 T h e volume is a systematic text organized in the traditional manner of examination, anatomy, topical diagnosis, and so forth. Useful chapters on eye movements and recording techniques, supranuclear disorders of eye movements, and nystagmus and migraine come from Dell’Osso, Daroff, and Troost. The book can be recommended for systematic study by the neurologist, especially as a good introduction to the new physiology of eye movements. Cell Receptor Disorders, by Theodore Melnechuk, We.rterti Behavioral Sciences institute, La Jollu, CA, 1978. 209 pp* $10.00 The synthesis o f a workshop held at San Diego in 1977, the book consists o f a series of summaries plus bibliography of the topics discussed there. T h e summaries are on the brief side, and one wishes they contained more flesh. The bibliography is extensive, however. Because very little review material exists on this increasingly important sub jecr, many will want to look at the book. Paleoneurology, by Vrronika 1. KoChetkGiUa (transbted f i o m the Russian), V . H . Winston C Sons. Wa.ihirigton, DC, 1978. 340 pp, illustrated, $22.95 A translation from the Russian of a book that is half anthropology, half dialectic, with the lines by no means clearly drawn between the two. The anthropological material is interesting and the approach fascinating, even when one balks at the Marxist intrusions. Intercellular Junctions a n d Synapses, edited by J . Peldnzan, AT.B. Gilula, and J . D. Pitts, Chapman & Hall, London, 1978, 247 pp, illustrated, $35.00 A n n u a l Review of Neuroscience, Vol 1, edited bj W. Maxu~ellCowan, Zach W . Hall, and Eric- R . Katidel, Annua/ Rei,iezc,.r, Palo Alto, 1978. 506 p p , illustra,ted. S 17.00 The first of a planned annual review series in neuroscience, the volume reflects the remarkable growth of the helds of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neurochemisrry, physjological psychology, and neurological clinical investigation over the last 25 years. Clearly, the scope of the specialty has gotten out of hand in terms of any single basic or neurological scientist or clinical neurological scientist being able to keep abreast. It is high time that the annual review series, which has done such a splendid job in other areas of science, brings its talents to our own. This initial volume contains chapters on environmental determination of autonomic neurotransmitter functions, circadian pacemakers in the nervous system, neural control of behavior, motor systems, pain, sensory evoked potentials, central catecholamine systems, optical methods for monitoring neuron activity, regulation of autonomic developmenr, recent advances in neuroanatomical methods, mechanisms o f cortical development, trophic mechanisms in the peripheral nervous system, auditory mechanisms of the lower brainstem, neurophysiology of epilepsy, biology of cultured nerve and muscle, and organization of neuronal membranes. The series is highly recommended to all neuroscience libraries and to any inchidual neurologist interested in maintaining his or her broad base of knowledge.