The Fine Structure of the Nervous System: Neurons and Their Supporting Cells


This book presents the most complete and authoritative description of the fine structure of the nervous system available in any single volume. The book begins with a historical account of the features of neurons and then embarks on a series of chapters dealing with specific portions of the nerve cell, and of the various kinds of supporting cells present. Structure is first described in a general way, and then details of the fine structure of each component are given and attempts are made to relate the structural features to their functions. The book is extensively illustrated with more than 130 electron micrographs and line drawings, over 50 of which are new to the edition. Each of the chapters has been extensively rewritten since the last edition was produced in 1976, so that the book has been brought completely up-to-date.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • W. H. Oertel
  • D. E. Schmechel
  • E. Mugnaini
  • Tappaz M. L.
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1991
  • 3rd


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