Cerebral lateralization Biological mechanisms associations and pathology. By Norman Geschwind and Albert M. Galaburda Cambridge MIT 1987 284 pp illustrated $29код для вставкиСкачать
Reviews Brief Book Reviews by Fred Plum, MD Hand Function and the Neocortex, Experimental Brain Research, Supplementum 10 Edited by A . W. Gwdwin and I . DarianSmith Berlin, Springer-Verkag, 1985 Hand Function and the Neocortex is a summary of a symposium that took place in Melbourne, Australia, in August, 1983. The goal of the book, as stated by the editors, is to examine current understanding of the cortical mechanisms underlying sensorimotor functions of the hand, especially those functions which are common to monkey and humans. The emphasis of the various papers presented in the volume is on electrophysiological recordings of single-unit activity in the neocortex of primates during the performance of various manual tasks. Nevertheless, a variety of approaches to hand function are represented, including psychophysical and other behavioral studies, neuroanatomical tract tracing studies, experiments using regional cerebral blood flow to map cortical areas, neuropsychological studies in neurological patients, and computer modeling. The nineteen papers provide an excellent summary of the neural mechanisms of hand function and, as hoped by the editors, highlight the interdependence of sensory and motor functions of the hand at both the behavioral and neural level. Joseph LeDoux, PhD New York, NY Left Side-Right Side: A Review of Laterality Research By Akzn Beaton New Haven, Yale University Press, 1986 In spite of the widespread popularization of ideas about brain lateralization that has taken place in the scientific community, as well as in contemporary culture, there are relatively few books that attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of the empirical basis of these ideas. Leji Side-Right Side fills this gap. In this book, Alan Beaton surveys handedness, language, emotion, attention, sex differences, psychopathology, reading disorders, methodology, development, and evolution, as each relates to laterality. Each topic is discussed in detail. Empirical findings as well as theories and concepts are reviewed. Beaton’s aim in writing the book was to provide students and researchers with a comprehensive review of the field from 1962 forward, as that year marks the publication of the first of the modern studies concerning split-brain patients. He has done a fine job in achieving this goal. The reader who is looking for a synthesis of the field or a theory of lateralization, however, will not find it here. Nevertheless, as a review and reference source, the book is very useful. Joseph LaDoux, PhD New York, N Y 560 Anatomy: A Regional Atlas of the Human Body, Third Edition By Carmine D. Ckmente Baltimore, Urban 6 Schanenberg, I987 439 pp, illustrated, $42.50 Dr Clemente has been awarded the privilege of reediting the thud edition of the famous Sobotta anatomical atlases. Regrettably, the volume omits any detailed sections on central nervous system strucimes, but diagrams of the cranial blood supply as well as the extracranial structures are a joy to behold. The present edition includes 96 new figures and many of the remaining illustrations are derived from the Pernkopf and Sobotta collections. The best recommendation is the shortest: buy it! The Biochemical Blsis of Neuropharmacology By J. R. Cooper, F. E. Bloom, and R. H. Roth New York, Oxfird University Press, 1986 400 pp, illustrated, $1 6.95 This once little and lively paperback is no longer little, but it remains the core reference as a general introduction and review of neuropharmacology. The work is thoroughly up-todate, and the new chapter on peptides, among others, makes it indispensable. Boron-Neutron Capture Therapy for Tumors Edited by H. Hatanakz Niigata, Nishimura Go, 1986 463 pp, illustrated Boron-neutron capatre has been regarded as a potentially attractive approach to tumor therapy for 50 years. Its development, however, has been seriously impeded by the lack of satisfactory sourcc:~of adequate neutron activity. Drs Hatanaka of Japan and Sweet in the U.S. have pioneered in efforts to bring practicality to the approach, and the present monograph describes, in rather technical terms, their progress to the present. Given the current limitations of treating malignant brain tumcrs, even with irradiation and chemotherapy combined, the approach deserves attention, even though achieving a practical way of approaching large numbers of‘patients seems a long way off. Cerebral Lateralization: Biological Mechanisms, Associations, and Pa.thology By Norman Geschwind and Albert M . Gakaburda Cambridge, M I T , 198? 284 pp, illustrated, $29.95 The volume represents a modestly expanded reprint of the material that appeared in the authors’ recent detailed papers in Archives of Neurology.