Brain, Mind, and Behavior

David Goldblatt, MD
JAMA. 1985;254(9):1225. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360090117032.
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The Brain,  by Richard M. Restak, 371 pp, with illus, $24.95, New York, Bantam Books Inc, 1984.The eight-part series, The Brain, on public television (rebroadcast this fall is planned) left its viewers with strong images—a hair-twiddling psychotic, endless perfect dives—but with little solid scientific information. Two companion books have not changed that: Brain, Mind and Behavior, a component of a collegeequivalent course, includes an instructor's manual and study guide. The neuroscientists who wrote it have dedicated their textbook to the reassuring assumption that all functions of the brain, normal and abnormal, are "ultimately explainable in terms of [its] basic structural components." The Brain was written by a neurologist, Richard Restak, who doubts that assumption. He concludes that "anatomical connections between nerve cells fail to provide a sufficient explanation for how the brain works."Neither book should be expected to prove its hypothesis and neither tries very hard to do


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