Molecular and Cellular Physiology of Neurons

By Gordon L. Fain; Gordon L. Fan
(Harvard University Press, Hardcover, 9780674581555, 693pp.)

Publication Date: August 1999

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If we are to understand the brain, we must understand how the individual molecules and cells of the nervous system function and ultimately contribute to our behavior. "Molecular and Cellular Physiology of Neurons" provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of what we now know--and what we want to know and can reasonably expect to discover in the near future--about the functioning of the brain at the level of molecules and cells.

"Molecular and Cellular Physiology of Neurons" takes readers from the fundamentals to the most sophisticated concepts and latest discoveries: from membrane potentials to recent experiments on voltage-gated ion channels, from descriptions of receptors, G proteins, effector molecules, and second messengers to an account of our current understanding of long-term potentiation.

In each chapter Fain discusses individual experiments that have made crucial contributions to our knowledge and that illustrate the techniques and approaches that have formed our present view of nerve cell function. Extensive illustrations add to this vivid account of not only what we know about cellular and molecular neurophysiology but how we know it.

About the Author
Gordon L. Fain is the author of "Writing Epigrams: The Art of Composition in Catullus, Callimachus, and Martial "and many articles on Greek and Latin poetry.

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