Sunday, September 8, 2013

Which is the best neurology textbook?

Dr Kandell and collegues are known for research into human cognition but as they point out all behavior is an expression of or an output of the central nervous system. The human nervous system is based on trillions of reflexes joined by ever more complex interrelationships which although genetically determined change in response to it's own activity and the environment which it interprets.  The opening offers an intriguing insight into the scholarly history of the brain and it's most popular theories from the Egyptians to phrenology.  What's clear is that the last 50 years have seen gigantic advances in neuroscience, our understanding of behaviour and the irreducible marriage of the mind and body.  There is a brain and a body but the two fuse when we experience the world.

Doug Scown