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Beyond the zonules of Zinn : a fantastic journey through your brain

Author: David Bainbridge
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008.
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"In his latest book, David Bainbridge combines an otherworldly journey through the central nervous system with an account of how the brain's anatomy has often misled anatomists about its function. Bainbridge uses the structure of the brain to set his book apart from the many volumes that focus on brain function. He shows that for hundreds of years, natural philosophers have been interested in the gray matter inside  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Bainbridge
ISBN: 9780674026100 0674026101
OCLC Number: 136782294
Description: viii, 338 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: A grand tour of terra incognita : the spinal cord. Skull marrow : first thoughts about the mind --
Servants and guards of the great king : the classical brain --
The brain as geography : maps of the mind --
A river runs through it : the development of a brain --
Leonardo's butterfly : the spinal cord --
Interlude : the worm that turned (over). An assault on the senses : the brain stem. A forest so dense : the new anatomy of Santiago Ramón y Cajal --
The little fish who never grew up : the origins of the ear --
The brain as archaeology : the hindbrain --
Beauty is in the eye of the, er, squid : the origins of the eye --
Hillocks, buttocks, blindsight, and black stuff : the midbrain --
Stinkin' and thinkin' : the origins of the nose --
Into the marriage chamber for some sexy synesthesia : entering the forebrain --
Why is "D" brown? : when the senses mix --
Interlude : shrapnel and magnets. Where all the mind may be found? : the cortex. The brain as engineering : Wilder Penfield and the cortex --
The apparent disorder of the cerebral jungle : what is in those hemispheres? --
The seahorse and the almond : memory, learning, and fear --
The hard question : brain size and consciousness --
Epilogue : no turning back.
Responsibility: David Bainbridge.
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Offers an approach that lays out what is known about the brain (its structure), what we can hope to know (its function), and what we may never know (its evolution).  Read more...

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[A] wonderful exploration of the brain and central nervous system...Writing in prose that is precise, descriptive, and engaging, [Bainbridge] offers vibrant depictions of neuroscientists' discoveries Read more...

 
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