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BOOKS Brief Reviews by Fred Plum, MD The Citadel of the Senses By Macdonald Critchley New York, Raven Press, 1985 277 pp, illustrated Critchley introduces this delightful collection of essays by an apologetic reference to Maugham, who “regarded old age as the time to undertake those tasks shirked in youth because they would have taken too long.” W e should be glad Critchley took the time. Some of the gems have been published previously, although generally not in the traditional journal literature. Others appear in print for the first time. All are written in Critchley’s pleasingly fresh style and most contain treasures of history to inform and charm the contemporary neurologist. How many, for example, know that Jackson married his cousin who, in her terminal illness, suffered from repetitive focal seizures; or that, thenceforth, he lived as a near-recluse, dining nightly at a table where the departed’s place was forever set? This tale and more will reward those who dip into these pages. Current Topics in Research on Synapses, Vol 3 Edited by D. G.Jones New York, Alan R. Liss, 1986 178 pp, illustrated, $46.00 This text is a review of basic mechanisms. Chapters include Long-Term Potentiation; Effects of Ethanol; Neuronal and Synaptic Organization of the Motor Nuclei of Mammalian Thalamus; and Structural Plasticity of CNS Synaptic Contacts. Disorders of the Pituitary By G. T . Tindall and D. L. Barrow St. Louis, C. 1.’ Mosby, 1986 498 pp9 illustrated Chapters in this work cover all dimensions of the topic, including a good summary of neuroendocrinology by Joseph B. Martin. The orientation is overwhelmingly surgical, the presentation handsome, and the bibliography rarely later than 1982. Spinal Injury, ed 2 By 0. Yashon East Norwalk, C T , Appleton-Century-Croft, 1986 546 pp, illustrated, $69.95 The volume is a useful compendium on an important subject. The Biology of Learning Edited by P. Marler and H. S. Terrace New York, Springer-Verlag, 1986 738 pp, photo offset This is the report of a Dahlem Workshop, held in October 1983,which attempts to weave together recent findings from 418 ethology, cognitive psychology, and neurophysiology. The subject material makes interesting reading for those concerned with higher brain function, and emphasizes not only the gap that still remains between studies of behavior and analysis of cellular neurophysiology , but also the relatively rapid rate at which concepts are converging. Radiodiagnosis of the Skull By Jean-Louis Dietemunn New York, Springer-Verlag, 1985 168 pp, illustrated, $1 9.50 The paperback volume is a useful primer for nonspecialty students. It is divided into 85 pages of radiographs, with the balance of pages devoted to diagrams of the same, coupled with didactic explanations. Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations Edited by C. B. Wilson and B . M . Stein Baltimore, William & Wilkins, 1984 342 pp, illustrated Accomplished in 19 chapters, this volume reflects the best of contemporary thinking on these complex and difficult-totreat problems. Chemotherapy and Psychiatry: Principles and Practice By R. J . Baldessarini Boston, Harvard University Press, 1985 354 pp, illustrated, $25.00 The volume covers Modern Psychopharmacology; Antipsychotic Agents; Lithium Salts; Antidepressants; Anxiolytics; and special topics. Although perhaps containing somewhat more detail than necessary for immediate empirical purposes, the volume provides a valuable summary of available medical treatments for a group of disorders whose therapy extends beyond the specific limits of any one medical specialty. Diagnosis and Treatment of Pineal Region Tumors Edited by E. A. Neuwelt Bclltimore, Williams & Wilkins, 1984 393 pp, illustrated, $79.95 This volume provides a very large amount of material on a rather small area of the nervous system. Nevertheless, what comes out is a well-edited and well-prepared monograph. Tachykinin Antagonists Edited by R. Hakanson and F. Sundler Amsterdam, Elseuier Biomedical Press BV, 1985 442 pp, illustrated, $100.00 This book consists of proceedings of a conference held in June 1985 in Sweden and describes the state of the art of antagonists for neuropeptides. T h e agents are important tools in the study of mechanisms generating pain, inflammation, gut movement, and other functions, and the subject is becoming important in work on fundamental neurobiology, as well as in potential therapeutics. For those interested, the quality is high and the reports sufficiently detailed to be informative.