YOUR NERVES AND THEIR MESSAGES by Sigmund Kalina

YOUR NERVES AND THEIR MESSAGES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A brief, unimposing, breezily illustrated introduction to nerve cells and their functions, the parts of the brain, the spinal cord or ""central trunk line,"" and the relationship between reflex and learned behavior as illustrated by a baby's crying first from pain or hunger, then for attention. Kalina's efforts to relate the lesson to kids' experience sometimes takes the boring form of going on about what they already know (""you rest when your body is tired, and when it needs food you become hungry""), but is at other times quite startling: ""If you were to hold a human brain in your hand, it would feel soft and moist."" For readers still a couple of years away from the Silverstein, Zim or Weart introductions.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1973
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard