Since the curriculum modification introduced at Case Western Reserve University 20 years ago, "system" courses have been adopted by many American medical schools. A great need exists for texts to support these courses, and the authors have offered one for an integrated course in "neurobiology," by which they mean neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. They further hope "that this text will be a useful guide to understanding the structure and function of the nervous system and a practical source of reference for practice and research involving the nervous system."
The volume is moderately priced, handsomely produced, but highly uneven in its homage to the three-headed icon of the medical educator— teaching, research, and clinical practice.
Its diffuseness of purpose is the book's undoing, and a pity it is, for the volume has many strong points, including some highly imaginative and well-done discussions on the biology of nerve cells, with many thoughtful and