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Development of the Nervous System

Development of the Nervous System

Dan H. Sanes | Thomas A. Reh | William A. Harris



Development of the Nervous System, Second Edition has been thoroughly revised and updated since the publication of the First Edition. It presents a broad outline of neural development principles as exemplified by key experiments and observations from past and recent times. The text is organized along a development pathway from the induction of the neural primordium to the emergence of behavior. It covers all the major topics including the patterning and growth of the nervous system, neuronal determination, axonal navigation and targeting, synapse formation and plasticity, and neuronal survival and death. This new text reflects the complete modernization of the field achieved through the use of model organisms and the intensive application of molecular and genetic approaches. The original, artist-rendered drawings from the First Edition have all been redone and colorized to so that the entire text is in full color. This new edition is an excellent textbook for undergraduate and graduate level students in courses such as Neuroscience, Medicine, Psychology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Developmental Biology.

  • Updates information including all the new developments made in the field since the first edition
  • Now in full color throughout, with the original, artist-rendered drawings from the first edition completely redone, revised, colorized, and updated

"The images are vastly superior to the first edition and the CD with images is a big help for lectures.... for now it might be reasonable to call it the best text available for Developmental Neurobiology."
Stuart Tobet, Department of Biolomedical Sciences, Colorado State University
"This second edition of Development of the Nervous System is very impressive and a great improvement on the first edition which I have used for the last 4 years in my course. The authors should be very proud of such a fine product."
--Ford F. Ebner, Professor of Psychology and Cell and Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA
Praise for the First Edition:
"...a truly excellent text that will serve to excite new students in neuroscience and development for years to come...[The authors] imbue their text with enthusiasm, which combined with a scholarly and methodical review of the history of developmental neurology, generates a shockingly easy to read and interesting text."
"Clearly and accurately written, beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully organized, this book covers everything from neural induction to the ontogeny of behavior in a style that is easily accessible to students."
--RONALD W. OPPENHEIM, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, Wake Forest University, Bowman Gray Medical School
"The book provides a scholarly review of the past and a carefully pruned view of the present. With relief, I can add that it is written in a clear, accessible style that students will appreciate."
"I certainly intend to make this book required reading for our own graduate course in Developmental Neuroscience."
--JOHN L. BIXBY, Neuroscience Program, University of Miami, School of Medicine