Human Neuroanatomy

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Academic Press, 2008 - Medical - 494 pages

Human Neuroanatomy provides a thorough and comprehensive overview of the human brain and spinal cord for medical and graduate students as well as residents in the clinical neurosciences. Standing on the shoulders of training from outstanding scientist-teacher mentors and based on more than 30 years of experience teaching about the brain and spinal cord to medical and graduate students, this single authored text presents everything the reader would need as they begin their study of the nervous system. At the same time the experienced neuroscientist will find much useful and valuable information in these pages that is based almost exclusively on studies in experimental primates and observations in humans. Every effort has been made to present the complexities of the nervous system as simply and clearly as possible. The careful reader will discover a clarity and depth of coverage that makes the reading both instructional and enjoyable. Topics are presented logically and the text in an easy-to-read style. The accompanying line drawings emphasize important concepts in a clear and uncluttered manner.

Topics presented:

  • Neurons, glial cells, degeneration, regeneration, axonal transport
  • Review of the development of the human nervous system
  • Overview of the anatomy of the spinal cord, brain stem and forebrain
  • General sensory paths (pain, temperature, touch, pressure, proprioception)
  • Special sensory systems (auditory, vestibular, visual, olfactory and gustatory)
  • Eye movements and visual reflexes
  • Comprehensive presentation of the regions involved in motor activity including the clinical manifestation of injuries to these motor areas
  • Limbic system, hypothalamus and the autonomic nervous system
  • Lobes of the brain, clinically important cortical areas and the results of lesions in these areas
  • Blood supply to the spinal cord, brain stem, and brain including classical brain stem syndromes
  • The meninges and the ventricular system
  • Numerous helpful clinical correlations that emphasize the practical application of basic anatomical information


  • Presents the complexities of the nervous system as simply and clearly as possible
  • Written with a clarity and depth of coverage that makes the reading both instructional and enjoyable
  • Includes numerous illustrations emphasizing important concepts
 

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Contents

Development of the Nervous System
19
The Spinal Cord
33
The Brain Stem
49
The Forebrain
71
Introduction to Ascending Sensory Paths
83
Paths for Pain and Temperature
97
Paths for Touch Pressure Proprioception and Vibration
123
The Reticular Formation
149
The Motor System Part 1 Lower Motoneurons and the Pyramidal System
259
The Motor System Part 2 The Extrapyramidal System and Cerebellum
277
The Olfactory and Gustatory Systems
299
The Limbic System
313
The Hypothalamus
327
The Autonomic Nervous System
339
General Features of the Cerebral Hemispheres
349
Blood Supply to the Central Nervous System
373

The Auditory System
163
The Vestibular System
179
The Visual System
199
Ocular Movements and Visual Reflexes
219
The Thalamus
241
The Meninges Ventricular System and Cerebrospinal Fluid
395
References
406
Index
461
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