Neuroscience: A Historical Introduction Hardcover – 7 Mar 2014
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"Authoritative, highly readable, wonderfully illustrated, and just plain interesting. Students of neuroscience will finally learn where all those ideas and terms came from that we now use with regularity. Only Glickstein could have achieved all of this.
Michael S. Gazzaniga
This book is a must for anyone interested in the historical antecedents of the concepts and ideas that preoccupy today s neuroscientists.
Leo M. Chalupa, The George Washington University
Mitch Glickstein weaves the history of neuroscience into the presentation of the basic concepts of neuroscience. Both the salient scientists and their experiments are recounted with a wry sense of humor. If you want to read or teach neuroscience in the context of its historical development, this is your book.
Robert H. Wurtz, National Institutes of Health
Neuroscience by Mitchell Glickstein is a delightful mixture of the factual and historical underpinnings of neurology and neuroscience from one of the field's greatest scholars.--Michael N. Shadlen, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Professor of Neuroscience, Columbia University
About the Author
Mitchell Glickstein is Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at University College London. He has held research and teaching positions at Caltech, University of Washington, Brown University, and Dartmouth College.
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As a lay person I soon discovered I was on a special journey with an esteemed, knowledgeable yet gentle guide. Many difficult scientific words were clearly explained – and I gained the feeling that some of the others didn't matter greatly. It was possible to follow, and understand, Glickstein as he guided me through what I had previously thought was a morass of gobbledygook.
The opening overview of the nervous system was relatively untaxing and by the time I reached the explanation of how signals were transmitted through my body, I figured I had invested too much in the book to put it down. My consternation after a visit to the optometrist was allayed after reading the chapters on vision, while my understanding of my son's genetic hearing loss was greatly assisted by the chapter on audition. The sections covering learning, memory and language are fascinating, confirming some widely held views and roundly condemning others. Neurological disease, personality and emotion, mental illness (including references to the dreadful ways in which these have been treated in the past) all have clear explanations of the growth of knowledge in these areas.
A guided tour with Glickstein is more like an informal conversation with an avuncular learned professor. He relates accounts of disagreements, even fights between academics with conflicting views.Read more ›
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