Book ReviewROLFACTION AND THE BRAIN Edited by W J Brewer, D Castle and C Pantelis Cambridge University Press, 2006. 365pp. Hb. £65.00 ISBN 0—521—84922—5 SAGE Publications, Inc.2008DOI: 10.1177/00207640080540011001 JuliaLappin Clinical Research Worker, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK How do some smells so powerfully evoke memories from childhood? Who has superior olfactory function, males or females? Can measures of olfactory function provide clues to the genetic underpinnings of complex neuropsychiatric disorders? These are just some of the questions explored and discussed in this fascinating book dedicated to the human sense of smell. Edited by researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, `Olfaction and the Brain' sets out to provide an overview of the neuropathological, neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric aspects of olfactory function. Reading this book prompts one to consider the possible contribution of olfactory processes in neurobiological functioning, and to question whether studying olfactory abnormalities in these may provide insight into understanding neural development and psychopathology. The book's three sections are readily accessible, each comprising several chapters that can also be read in isolation. The rst section considers neurology and neurophysiology, drawing on lesion studies, brain imaging and comparative anatomy to provide a review of the structure and function of
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