Chemistry and Brain Development

Proceedings of the Advanced Study Institute on “Chemistry of Brain Development,” held in Milan, Italy, September 9–19, 1970

  • Rodolfo Paoletti
  • Alan N. Davison

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. J. Folch-Pi
      Pages 1-11
  3. Structural Constituents during Development

  4. Biochemical and Morphological Interrelations

  5. Membrane Formation and Function

  6. Nutrition and Brain Development

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 439-457

About this book


J. Folch-Pi Director of Scientific Research, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Mass., U.S.A. The development of the central nervous system is possibly the most significant aspect of the growth of a mammal from embryo to adulthood. The central nervous system is obviously the main repository not only of the species' inherited functional characteristics but also of the process of individuation. Whatever "engrams" constitute the basis of individual characteristics are laid down mainly in the central nervous system, and especially the brain, during its growth. The chemical aspect of this process IS clearly of great importance and the significance of its study should be self evident. Nevertheless, it is only one aspect of a parel lei series of morphological, physiological, biochemical and psychological events which take place as an integrated process, the final result of which is the transformation of the post-embryonic nervous system into the functioning adult system. It is imperative, therefore, that any study or description of the chemical events during the development of the CNS should be undertaken in ful I awareness of the concomitant morphological, physiological and psychological events. It is only against this multidiscipl inary informational framework that the chemical events during 2 J. FOLCH-PI development can be correctly interpreted and acquire their ful I significance. With this in mind, the introduction to this volume may best serve its purpose by describing briefly the morphological and physiological events that accompany the chemical aspect of development.


biochemistry brain cortex growth information myelin nervous system research system

Editors and affiliations

  • Rodolfo Paoletti
    • 1
  • Alan N. Davison
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Pharmacology and PharmacognosyUniversity of MilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry, Charing Cross Hospital Medical SchoolUniversity of LondonUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1971
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-7238-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-7236-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0065-2598
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