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How the Brain Works

Larry W. Swanson

in Brain Architecture

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195378580
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199965120 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195378580.003.1014
How the Brain Works

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Because the brain is so exceptionally complex it is necessary to look for simplifying principles. Despite centuries of brain research there are still no widely accepted models for the basic wiring diagram of the brain, so in this chapter three tried and true approaches leading in this direction are outlined: history, evolution, and embryonic development. All three have one key feature in common—they start with the simplest principles and proceed to the most complex interactions. If biology has taught us anything, it is that we can only understand the structure and function of the brain by considering them within the larger context of the structure and function of the body as a whole.

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Subjects: Development of the Nervous System

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