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The Developing Human Brain – Growth and Adversities
Author: Floyd Gilles, Marvin Nelson Jr
Publisher: Mac Keith Press/Wiley
Written by two experts in neuropathology and neuroimaging, this book on the development of the human brain is based on data from the National Collaborative Perinatal Project.
Much of the content relates to the second half of gestation and the neonatal and infant age, as this is where the greatest risks are posed to this complex structure, many of which may result in developmental delay and disability.
The first of the book’s two sections focuses on typical development, including ventricular size, brain growth and surface configurations.
The text then moves forward, taking the reader into in-depth, acquired abnormalities relating to areas such as fetal and neonatal intercranial haemorrhage, abnormalities affecting the white matter, ventriculomegaly and hydrocephalus. There are also chapters on angiogenesis and fetal behaviour.
The text is comprehensive, well referenced and supported by numerous illustrations, including pictures, tables and diagrams. This is a useful resource that takes the reader into a fascinating journey of exploration.
Reviewer: Valerie McGurk
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