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chemqueries at aol.com wrote in message news:<81cab74a.0311252209.241f3bbb at posting.google.com>...
> Hi Chris,
> 
> I think it's terrific that you are interested in teaching yourself
> neuroscience at such a young age. I wish I had done that when I was in
> high school. I can understand your wish to stay away from textbooks,
> but there are some good ones out there. Also, if you wish to continue
> to study science when you're in college, you'll have to get used to
> textbooks at some point. I'll mention a few that I've found helpful.
> They might be a little bit difficult, but you are obviously very
> bright, so I don't think they'll be too daunting for you.
> 
> The first one is not really a textbook, but it's jam-packed with lots
> of useful neuroscience text. It's called THE HUMAN BRAIN COLORING
> BOOK, by M.C. Diamond, A.B. Scheibel, and L.M. Elson. It's part of a
> series of "coloring books." Some of the others in that series are: THE
> PHYSIOLOGY COLORING BOOK and THE ANATOMY COLORING BOOK. You don't have
> to color the pictures, but it might be helpful in some instances and,
> as I said, the accompanying text is excellent. I'm not absolutely
> certain, but I think the publisher is Barnes and Noble Books.
> 
> Another excellent book is NEUROBIOLOGY by Gordon Shepherd. I don't
> know what edition it's in now, but you can easily check that online at
> Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com.
> 
> The next one that I've found very  helpful is FUNDAMENTAL NEUROANATOMY
> by Walle J.H. Nauta and Michael Feirtag.
> 
> You might also like to check out CELLULAR PHYSIOLOGY OF NERVE AND
> MUSCLE by Gary G. Matthews.
> 
> As for pharmacology information (you mentioned you'd taken
> medication), Stephen Stahl's book, ESSENTIAL PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY is one
> of the best I've seen. While the text might be advanced for you now,
> there are some wonderful diagrams that go with the text, and some of
> them are kind of humorous. Again, I'm uncertain what edition that book
> is in.
> 
> It might also be helpful for you to get ahold of a basic,
> introductory, college level biology book (oops, sorry, but that would
> be a textbook), and read the chapters devoted to the nervous system.
> Often, at the end of those chapters, the author will list many useful
> references. I know you were hoping to avoid textbooks, but with your
> interests, it may not be possible to avoid them for long. The nice
> thing about a basic introductory biology book is that it's a good
> starting point, and the material is usually presented in a manner that
> is easier to grasp. Some examples of good introductory biology books
> are BIOLOGY by Helena Curtis and BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE by Keeton and
> Gould. Actually, I don't know whether those are available anymore in
> new editions, but you might be able to find them in the library.
> 
> By the way, you express yourself very well. You write better than many
> adults I meet on message boards. I think you're off to a good start!

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