Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance Ebook PDF download
Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance is designed primarily for medical students as a revision text or review of basic neuro- science mechanisms, rather than a comprehensive account of the field of medical neuroscience. The book does not attempt to provide a systematic review of clinical neurology, although one of the new features of the fourth edition is the introduction of more clinical cases to illustrate how neurology builds on a good knowl- edge of basic neuroscience. In addition, the changing nature of medical training has meant that rather than teaching being disci- pline based (anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, etc.), the current approach is much more integrated with the focus on the entire system. Students pursuing a problem-based learning course will also benefit from the concise presentation of integrated material.
This book summarizes the rapidly expanding field of neuro- science with reference to clinical disorders, such that the material is set in a clinical context with the later chapters being more clini- cally oriented. However, learning about the organization of the nervous system purely from clinical disorders is short-sighted as the changing nature of medical neuroscience means that areas with little clinical relevance today may become more of an issue in the future. An example of this is ion channels and the recent burgeon- ing of a host of neurological disorders secondary to a channel- opathy. For this reason, some chapters focus more on scientific mechanisms with less clinical emphasis.
Each chapter presents the bulk of its information in the form of an annotated figure, which is expanded in the accompanying text. It is recommended that the figure is worked through with the text rather than just viewed in isolation. The condensed nature of each chapter means that much of the information has to be given in a didactic fashion. Although the text focuses on core material, some additional important details are also included.
The book has been restructured beginning with the anatomical and functional organization of the nervous system (Chapters 1–11); the cells of the nervous system and how they work (Chaters 12–21); the sensory components of the nervous system (Chap- ters 22–34); the motor components of the nervous system (Chapters 35–42); the autonomic, limbic and brainstem systems underlying wakefulness and sleep along with neural plasticity (Chapters 43– 49); and, finally, a section on the approach, investigation and range of clinical disorders of the nervous system (Chapters 50–65). We have included new chapters on the enteric nervous system, the major central nervous system (CNS) neurotransmitters and their function, language, stroke and the approach to the patients with a neurological problem.
Each section builds on the previous ones to some extent, and so reading the introductory chapter may give a greater understanding to later chapters in that section; for example, the somatosensory system chapter (Chapter 31) may be better read after the chapter on the general organization of sensory systems (Chapter 22).
In this latest edition of the book we have attempted to further integrate the clinical relevance of neurobiology into the text and website and brought in a new approach and author, Dr Francesca Cicchetti. This, coupled to the feedback we received from students, teachers and professors, accounts for the restructuring of the book and the addition of new chapters. We have also now included at the end of each chapter a ‘Did you know?’ section while Section 7 consists of relevant clinical scenarios for each chapter along with questions and answers. The companion website has key revision points and multiple choice questions relating to the content of each chapter.