Structural Neurochemistry

  • Abel Lajtha

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Hanna M. Pappius
    Pages 1-10
  3. Robert Katzman, Herbert Schimmel
    Pages 11-22
  4. Hugh Davson
    Pages 23-48
  5. T. Z. Csáky
    Pages 49-69
  6. Giulio Levi
    Pages 71-101
  7. K. A. C. Elliott
    Pages 103-114
  8. John A. Harvey, Henry McIlwain
    Pages 115-136
  9. Joseph Altman
    Pages 137-182
  10. Ezio Giacobini
    Pages 195-239
  11. D. A. Rappoport, P. Maxcy Jr., H. F. Daginawala
    Pages 241-254
  12. Harold Koenig
    Pages 255-301
  13. Leo G. Abood
    Pages 303-326
  14. V. P. Whittaker
    Pages 327-364
  15. Eduardo De Robertis, Georgina Rodríguez de Lores Arnaiz
    Pages 365-392
  16. Giuseppe Porcellati
    Pages 393-422
  17. Samuel H. Barondes
    Pages 435-446
  18. S. Berl, D. D. Clarke
    Pages 447-472
  19. G. A. Kerkut
    Pages 539-562
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 563-579

About this book


That chemicals (although not always called by this name) affect the brain and its functions, such as behavior, has been known for thousands of years. It is therefore surprising that the concept that chemical mechanisms are at least partially responsible for the complex functions of the brain is so recent. Investigation of the closely interlinked biophysical and biochemical proper­ ties of the nervous system has achieved many notable successes in recent years and is the most exciting development in 20th-century science. Although all the morphology, the activity, and the alteration of the brain, whether bioelectric, biochemical, pathological, or structural, constitute an organic and indivisible whole, the ambition of the Handbook is to look at only a few aspects of this whole and to focus the discussions on the experi­ ments that the neurochemists have performed. Neurochemical study of the nervous system has, perhaps of necessity, gone through several phases: the first phase was more analytical and in­ volved study of the composition of the tissue; the second, more recent phase clarified many of the metabolic sequences that occur in this tissue. Clearly, both were essential, but they showed that additional approaches are neces­ sary. The present phase seems to be the study of control processes; present interest focuses on what determines, in a qualitative and quantitative fashion, the processes occurring in the nervous system. Perhaps the next phase will be the study of function, the study of the final stage of integration.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Abel Lajtha
    • 1
  1. 1.New York State Research Institute for Neurochemistry and Drug AddictionNew YorkUSA

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