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Suggested Citation:"Suggested Readings." Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences. 1992. Discovering the Brain. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/1785.
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Bloom, Floyd E. , and Mark A. Randolph , eds., Institute of Medicine . 1990 . Funding Health Sciences Research: A Strategy to Restore Balance . Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press . 255 pp.

The Brain: A Scientific American Book . 1979 . San Francisco : W. H. Freeman . 149 pp.

Calder, Nigel . 1971 . The Mind of Man: An Investigation into Current Research on the Brain and Human Nature . New York : Viking Press . 288 pp.

Carey, Joseph , ed. 1990 . Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System . Washington, D.C. : Society for Neuroscience . 31 pp.

Cline, Harvey E. , William E. Lorensen , Ron Kikinis , and Ferenc Jolesz . 1990 . Technical note . Three-dimensional segmentation of MR images of the head using probability and connectivity . J. Comput. Assist. Tomogr . 14 : 1037-1045 .

Curtis, Helena . 1983 . Biology , 4th ed. New York : Worth Publishers . 1 , 110 pp.

Gazzaniga, Michael S. 1988 . Mind Matters: How Mind and Brain Interact to Create Our Conscious Lives . Boston : Houghton Mifflin . 244 pp.

Haines, Duane E. 1987 . Neuroanatomy: An Atlas of Structures, Sections, and Systems , 2d ed. Baltimore : Urban & Schwarzenberg, Inc. 228 pp.

Suggested Citation:"Suggested Readings." Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences. 1992. Discovering the Brain. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/1785.
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Kandel, Eric R. , and James H. Schwartz , eds. 1981 . Principles of Neural Science . New York : Elsevier North Holland . 731 pp.

Kiernan, John A. 1987 . Introduction to Human Neuroscience . Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott Company . 232 pp.

Klawans, Harold L. 1991 . Newton's Madness: Further Tales of Clinical Neurology . New York : HarperPerennial . 218 pp.

Noonan, David . 1989 . Neuro-: Life on the Frontlines of Brain Surgery and Neurological Medicine . New York : Ballantine Books . 220 pp.

Pechura, Constance M. , and Joseph B. Martin , eds., Institute of Medicine . 1991 . Mapping the Brain and Its Functions . Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press . 141 pp.

Restak, Richard M. 1984 . The Brain . New York : Bantam Books . 371 pp.

Sacks, Oliver . 1987 . The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Other Clinical Tales . New York : HarperPerennial . 243 pp.

Shelton, Mark L. 1989 . Working in a Very Small Place: The Making of a Neurosurgeon . New York : Vintage Books . 315 pp.

United States Congress, Office of Technology Assessment . 1991 . Federally Funded Research: Decisions for a Decade . OTA-SET-490 . Washington, D.C. : Government Printing Office .

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy . 1991 . Maximizing Human Potential: Decade of the Brain 1990-2000 . Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, Committee on Life Sciences and Health, Subcommittee on Brain and Behavioral Sciences . Washington, D.C. 98 pp.

Suggested Citation:"Suggested Readings." Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences. 1992. Discovering the Brain. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/1785.
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Suggested Citation:"Suggested Readings." Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences. 1992. Discovering the Brain. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/1785.
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The brain ...

There is no other part of the human anatomy that is so intriguing. How does it develop and function and why does it sometimes, tragically, degenerate?

The answers are complex. In Discovering the Brain, science writer Sandra Ackerman cuts through the complexity to bring this vital topic to the public.

The 1990s were declared the "Decade of the Brain" by former President Bush, and the neuroscience community responded with a host of new investigations and conferences. Discovering the Brain is based on the Institute of Medicine conference, Decade of the Brain: Frontiers in Neuroscience and Brain Research.

Discovering the Brain is a "field guide" to the brain—an easy-to-read discussion of the brain's physical structure and where functions such as language and music appreciation lie. Ackerman examines:

  • How electrical and chemical signals are conveyed in the brain.
  • The mechanisms by which we see, hear, think, and pay attention—and how a "gut feeling" actually originates in the brain.
  • Learning and memory retention, including parallels to computer memory and what they might tell us about our own mental capacity.
  • Development of the brain throughout the life span, with a look at the aging brain.

Ackerman provides an enlightening chapter on the connection between the brain's physical condition and various mental disorders and notes what progress can realistically be made toward the prevention and treatment of stroke and other ailments.

Finally, she explores the potential for major advances during the "Decade of the Brain," with a look at medical imaging techniques—what various technologies can and cannot tell us—and how the public and private sectors can contribute to continued advances in neuroscience.

This highly readable volume will provide the public and policymakers—and many scientists as well—with a helpful guide to understanding the many discoveries that are sure to be announced throughout the "Decade of the Brain."

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