Home Alternative Medicine Neuroscience, 5th Edition, Dale Purves

 Neuroscience, 5th Edition

This classic textbook guides students through the challenges and excitement of the rapidly changing field of neuroscience. Accessible for both medical students and undergraduate neuroscience students, the 5th edition has been updated throughout to reflect the latest developments.


Neuroscience is a remarkably well-organized and well-written text. It is highly accessible and easy to follow, which is impressive given the amount of detail and depth it provides. Each step of the way, explanations of complex concepts are accompanied by easy-to-follow graphics that on the one hand enhance deep understanding, and, on the other, make it easy to even just browse or skim. The book does an excellent job of bridging between molecular and molar levels of analysis, between basic and clinical science, and between the big picture and discrete detail. In other words, it keeps you grounded and allows you to understand how basic processes relate to cognition, emotion, and behavior, as well as to various forms of dysfunction. … I am definitely keeping a copy of Neuroscience on my desk, along with Lezak et al., Strauss et al., and all the other classics. –Yana Suchy, JINS

As is the tradition with this book, current neuroanatomical and neurophysiological concepts are explained in detail and fully illustrated. The addition of current concepts on neuroplasticity and behavior, as well as the web resources, significantly enrich this edition. This is a worthy and affordable book for neuroscience students. … An excellent contribution to the study of neuroscience, deserving of its place in neurology, neurosurgery, and neurosciences libraries. –Celso Agner, Doody’s Book Review

About the Author

DALE PURVES Duke University, USA. GEORGE J. AUGUSTINE Duke University, USA. DAVID FITZPATRICK Duke University, USA. WILLIAM C. HALL Duke University, USA. ANTHONY-SAMUEL LAMANTIA University of North Carolina, USA. JAMES O. MCNAMARA Duke University, USA. LEONARD E. WHITE Duke University, USA.

We are currently using Neuroscience 5th.edition as our textbook for our Neuroscience course with is part of the Biopsychology honors track at William Paterson University. The book is well written and clear on explaining difficult material. The tables and pictures are also very relevant and coinside nicely with the written text. The one thing I don’t like is that the book cites future chapters for which we have not covered up to that point. Overall it is a good text. for difficult subject material.

A well written introduction to neuroscience. Anyone with some knowledge of physiology should have no problem reading this book. It is true to its title. Every chapter in the text is related to the central nervous system with the exception of a chapter on the neuromuscular unit. The figures are helpful and easy to follow. While perhaps not as complete as Fundamental Neuroscience by Squire it is considerably easier to read. There is also a companion website with neuroanatomy figures and a nice glossary.

This was the text for a Medical Neuroscience class that was taught by Dr. Len White of Duke University (via Coursera). I found this text to be a very useful adjunct to the course and I can highly recommend it. Of greatest utility for me was the many illustrations as I am a visual learner. Also, there is a related adjunct website with a number of useful illustrations and the book came with the Sylvius neuroanatomy software.

Product Details :

  • Series: Neuroscience
  • Hardcover: 759 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Inc.; 5 edition (November 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878936955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878936953
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.7 x 11.2 inches

More Details about Neuroscience, 5th Edition

Leave a Reply