BOOKS Brief Book Reviews by Fred Plum, MD Concepts in Pediatric Neurosurgery (Vol. 6) Edited by Paul H . Chapman New York, Karger, 1985 244 pp, illustrated, $74.25 The book presents relatively short summaries of papers presented at the Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery’s 1985 meeting. Nutrition and the Brain (Vol. 7, Food Constituents Affecting Normal and Abnormal Behaviors) Edited by Richard J . Wurtman and J . J . Wurtman New York, Raven Press, 1985 25 7 pp, illustrated, $59.50 Contents include: Effects of Food and Nutrients on Behavior, Clinical Pharmacology of Tryptophan, Monoamine Precursors and Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders, Bulemia, Carbohydrate Craving and Depression, Psychobiology of Anorexia Nervosa, and Potential Effects of Aspartame. The chapters are extensively referenced and are concerned mainly with animal and highly experimental approaches. Several researchers conclude that the subject of their review is either in its infancy, or surrounded by difficulties in distinguishing the primary from secondary effects of nutrition on brains. The volume contains potentially interesting material for those with a primary interest in nutrition. Anomalies of the Central Nervous System: Neuroradiology and Neurosurgery By Koreaki Mori New York, Thieme-Stratton, 1985 216 pp, illustrated, (price not included) This is a beautifully reproduced atlas of radiographic, clinical, and a few neurosurgical findings of congenital anomalies. Although available in the Japanese literature for some years, this readable and informative English-language edition will be a welcome addition to the shelves of any comprehensive neurological-neurosurgical library. Neuro-oncology Edited by F. C. Rose and W . S. Field New York, Karger} 1984 274 pp, illustrated, $98.00 The volume represents the proceedings of a symposium held in London in 1984. Contents include: Basic Aspects, Diagnostic Aspects, Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, and Com- 100 bined and Other Treatments. The subject matter is covered with reasonable comprehensibility, and the monograph is clearly produced. Neurobiology of Arachnids By F . G . Barth New York, Springer-VerLzg, 1985 385 pp, illustrated, $69.50 For those who like (or hate) spiders, scorpions, and the like, here is your book. The subject matter is neurobiological, comprehensive, and not clinical. Atlas of the Rabbit Brain and Spinal Cord By J . W . Shek, G . Y . Wen, and H . M . Wisniewski New York, Karger, 1986 139 pp, illustrated, $151 S O This book represents an indispensable atlas for neurobiologists working with this species. It represents the most detailed and comprehensive material currently available on the subject. Chemoarchitecture of thle Brain By R. Nieuwenhuys New York, Springer-Verlag, 1986 246 pp, illustrated, $34.50 The title describes the contents, including acetylcholine; monoarnines; amino acids; gut-brain peptides; hypophysiotropic peptides; neurohypophyseal peptides; pro-opiomelanocortin derivatives; enkephalins; dynorphins and angiotensin 11. Additional material provides discussion, “new” entities, and the relation between classical neuroanatomy and chemical neuroanatomy . Senile Dementia of the Allzheimer Type: Early Diagnosis, Neuropathology and Animal Models Edited by J . Traber and W . H . Gispen New York, Springer-Verlag, 1986 376 pp, illustrated This volume contains the proceedings of a summary held in Cologne, West Germany, in November 1984. The coverage is fairly broad, although those reasonably familiar with the subject will not find much here that has not already appeared in the journal literature.