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The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries About the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science
 
 
Author
R. Douglas Fields.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780743291415
Pages/Publication Date 371/2010
Daedalus Item Code 23221
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Neurons have long been held to be the critical "wiring" of the brain; in this surprisingly lively science book, neuroscientist Douglas Fields explains how the other 85 percent of the brain, the glial tissue, is proving to be an equally vital part of brain function.

"For a hundred years, since Camillo Golgi developed an efficient method of studying brain tissue under the microscope, the specialized brain cells called neurons have been the de facto stars of neuroscience. With the capability for observing live electrical signals between neurons and their associated synapses, it has been assumed that neurons form the cellular wiring that houses the mind. Now, as researcher Fields illustrates in this fascinating overview of contemporary neuroscience, a new and equally vital team of costars in brain functionality is emerging: glial cells, or, simply, glia. Once deemed valuable only as 'packing material' or nutritional support for neurons, glia are being recognized for their critical role in everything from childhood learning to mental illness. In 16 absorbing and accessible chapters, Fields gives life to a potentially dry medical topic by eavesdropping on the work of other neuroscientists, past and present, and shows how penetrating glia's secrets offers hope for breakthroughs in healing Alzheimer's, brain tumors, and even spinal cord injuries."Booklist

 
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