This is the first volume of a serial publication planned to deal with the most recent advances in research on normal and abnormal neural activity. It is the work of 14 contributors, whose shares vary widely in length, character, and unfortunately also in intelligibility. The earlier chapters describe basic experiments on the subcellular details of neurone physiology; the extraordinarily fine techniques used in this field can measure enzyme activity in samples of cytoplasmic or nuclear material with volumes less than a micromicroliter. Subsequent chapters deal with neural phenomena on a larger scale, such as the nervous control of muscular activity, the processes of learning and use of knowledge, and the application of high-speed methods of observation to problems of head injury.
For readers unfamiliar with this field of research, there is likely to be difficulty with abbreviations such as pg and nl (for picograms and nanoliters), TCA cycle, BuCHE, and