Behavioral neurology

Behavioral neurology

266 From this, and from the title, the reader might suppose the volume to have a more practical and clinical flavour than in fact it has. Indeed some ...

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266 From this, and from the title, the reader might suppose the volume to have a more practical and clinical flavour than in fact it has. Indeed some of the contributions seem far removed fi'om any immediate practical application. In the first section, on neurophysiology, there are several papers on EEG changes related to expectancy and to feed-back of information (Grey Walter, Dongier, Pribram) and a paper by Delgado on "communication" with the conscious brain by electrical and chemical probes. Ingvar describes the changes in cerebral blood flow in chronic schizophrenia. In the section on neurochemistry, Volk and co-workers describe the antenatal diagnosis of Tay-Sachs disease and Friedhoff reviews the role of catecholamines in abnormal mental states. The range of topics in the section on unapptied research is wide with, for example, papers on molecular coding of information in the brain, on the histogenesis of cerebral cortex, and on gangliosides as constituents of nervous system membranes. A final lengthy section is concerned with methods. The wide range of disciplines represented here, even though lying within the compass of the Brain Sciences, presents inevitable difficulties for the reader, and some of the papers are notably complex. One cannot therefore be sanguine about the clinical influence of this volume, whatever the original intention. But for the participants themselves, the circumstances of the symposium must have been highly stimulating and it is perhaps a pity that no record has been published of the discussions which were presumably provoked by the papers. J. Newsom Davis

Psyche und Biologie,

by G. B e n e d e t t i , 248 pages, H i p p o k r a t e s Verlag, S t u t t g a r t ,

1973, D M 38.00. This monograph comprises a series of lectures given by the author to various Faculties of the University. The main theme concerns a double question: the role and relevance of events (of a psychological kind) for biological structures, and conversely the way biological structures affect psychological phenomena. The biological basis of psychological function has long been recognized, but the fact that biological structures only evolve, at least in part, in relation to experiences (i.e. psychological and others) is a relatively new concept. Neuropsychology is seen to provide a synthesis between psychiatry and neuropsychology and psychology. The author expands on this theme and examines this concept more specifically in relation to the followingareas: memory and learning, affect and drive, recognition and speech. This is a stimulating series of essays which portray the author's wide range of knowledge and interests. It refers to some of the more important advances in neurology, psychiatry, psychology and basic biology, bringing these together in a masterful and meaningful way. There is much in these pages that the reader will find of interest whether he be a psychiatrist, neurologist or biologist. Kurt Schapira

Behavioral Neurology, by

J. H. P i n c u s a n d G . J. T u c k e r , xvii ÷ 205 pages, 10 illustra-

tions, 12 tables, O x f o r d U n i v e r s i t y Press, L o n d o n , T o r o n t o , 1974, £ 2.40. The authors of this short book provide an interesting and instructive elementary introduction to the borderlands between neurology and psychiatry, and it can be thoroughly recommended. The approach seems straightforward and relatively conventional to an English neuropsychiatrist and it is particularly satisfactory that this kind of approach is at last obtaining a hearing in the U~S.A. R. T. C. Pratt