The Brain

A Beginner's Guide

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About The Book

A ground-breaking and lively exploration of the latest research on the brain.

It has been remarked that if the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t. Commencing with a brief history of neuroscience, from the ancient practice of drilling holes in the head to relieve headaches to the latest results from MRI and CT scans, this accessible guide sets out to explore exactly what we do know about the brain. Including the most up-to-date research on the cerebral processes behind a wide array of human activity – from our capacity for language to how we remember – this lively and entertaining introduction assumes no previous scientific knowledge and offers a tantalizing glimpse into man’s most complex organ.

About The Authors

Ammar Al-Chalabi is Honorary Honorary Consultant Neurologist at King's College Hospital and Senior Lecturer in Neurology and Complex Disease Genetics at King's College London.

R. Shane Delamont is a Consultant Neurologist at King's College Hospital. He has extensive experience of teaching the key principles of neuroscience.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (March 1, 2008)
  • Length: 272 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781851685943

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Raves and Reviews

Scientific and Medical Network, "This is a thoughtfully set out book that is more accessible than the Oxford very short introduction for the general reader."Garth Nicholson - Associate Professor of Medical Genetics, University of Sydney, "A virtuoso performance! The book is technical, easy to read and entertaining."Scientific and Medical Network - "This is a thoughtfully set out book that is more accessible than the Oxford very short introduction for the general reader."

"An excellent introduction which explains some difficult concepts in a clear and entertaining way."

– Nigel Leigh - Professor of Neurology, King's College, London

"A concise primer that summarizes the fascinating complexity of the brain in a memorable and refreshingly graspable manner."

– Robert Brown - Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

"A virtuoso performance! The book is technical, easy to read and entertaining."

– Garth Nicholson - Associate Professor of Medical Genetics, University of Sydney

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