The Changing Brain: Alzheimers Disease and Advances in Neuroscience

Paperback | October 15, 2002

byIra B. Black

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In The Changing Brain, Ira Black tells the fascinating story of modern neuroscience. A rich, multifaceted tale spanning a century and taking place on multiple continents, it moves from Fascist Italy, with the discovery of nerve growth factor (NGF) by a young scientist working secretly in amakeshift laboratory in her bedroom, to current experiments in which transplanted, laboratory-grown cells lead to recovery and function in damaged brain regions. In the mid 1990s, a revolutionary new conception of the brain emerged--instead of the traditional view that the brain's role inperception, memory, learning, and emotions was based on a static, non-renewable network of brain cells and connections, research revealed that the human brain is an ever-changing, fantastically complex system that is continually being shaped and reshaped by a subtle interplay of genetic clues andlife experiences. To bridge the gap between abstract concepts and real-world experience, Dr. Black draws upon his expertise as a clinical neurologist to provide a dramatic account--the fictionalized story of a successful investment banker named Enoch Wallace and his battle with Alzheimer's disease--that vividlyilluminates the narrative. From his first fleeting memory lapses to his final descent into dementia, each step in Wallace's decline becomes a window into another aspect of brain function and the latest groundbreaking research in neuroscience.

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In The Changing Brain, Ira Black tells the fascinating story of modern neuroscience. A rich, multifaceted tale spanning a century and taking place on multiple continents, it moves from Fascist Italy, with the discovery of nerve growth factor (NGF) by a young scientist working secretly in amakeshift laboratory in her bedroom, to current...

Ira B. Black, M.D., is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey. He is a past president of the Society for Neuroscience of North America and is currently Chairman of the Society's Public Information Committee. His pioneering research i...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Ira Black examines the role that Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) plays in neuronal plasticity with extreme incisivesness and acuity....Someone like myself, hwo has been involved in the study of NGF during the entire course of my scientific career, cannot but express gratitude and admiration to theauthor for such an enlightening and innovative vision."--Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel Laureate, Director, Istituto di Neurobiologia, Rome