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Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-65768-3
160 pages
May 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance provides a user-friendly introduction to the anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and pharmacology of the human nervous system within one, succinct, highly-illustrated volume.

The double page spreads begin by summarising the anatomical structure and function of the different components of the central nervous system, followed by a section on applied neurobiology which outlines how to approach the patient with neurological and psychiatric problems and provides an overview of treatment and management options.

Key features of this fourth edition include: 

  • A manageable overview of the structure and function of the central nervous system
  • Full guidance on how to approach the patient with neurological problems and the investigations used in the most common scenarios
  • Cases highlighting the clinical relevance of the basic neuroscience
  • New chapters on the major neurotransmitters of the CNS and their functions, the enteric nervous system and stroke
  • A fully updated companion website with interactive self-assessment questions and case studies, flashcards and revision notes at www.ataglanceseries.com/neuroscience

Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance is the ideal companion for anyone about to start a basic neuroanatomy or neuroscience course, or can be used as a refresher for those in clinical training.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Acknowledgements 7

List of abbreviations 8

Part 1 Anatomical and functional organization

1 Development of the nervous system 10

2 Organization of the nervous system 12

3 Autonomic nervous system 14

4 Enteric nervous system 16

5 Meninges and cerebrospinal fluid 18

6 Blood supply to the central nervous system 20

7 Cranial nerves 22

8 Anatomy of the brainstem 24

9 Organization of the spinal cord 26

10 Organization of the cerebral cortex and thalamus 28

11 Hypothalamus 30

Part 2 Cells and neurophysiology

12 Cells of the nervous system I: neurones 32

13 Cells of the nervous system II: neuroglial cells 34

14 Ion channels 36

15 Resting membrane and action potential 38

16 Neuromuscular junction (NMJ) and synapses 40

17 Nerve conduction and synaptic integration 42

18 Neurotransmitters, receptors and their pathways 44

19 Main CNS neurotransmitters and their function 46

20 Skeletal muscle structure 48

21 Skeletal muscle contraction 50

Part 3 Sensory systems

22 Sensory systems: an overview 52

23 Sensory transduction 54

24 Visual system I: the eye and retina 56

25 Visual system II: the visual pathways and subcortical visual areas 58

26 Visual system III: visual cortical areas 60

27 Auditory system I: the ear and cochlea 62

28 Auditory system II: the auditory pathways and language 64

29 Vestibular system 66

30 Olfaction and taste 68

31 Somatosensory system 70

32 Pain systems I: nociceptors and nociceptive pathways 72

33 Pain systems II: pharmacology and management 74

34 Association cortices: the posterior parietal and prefrontal cortex 76

Part 4 Motor systems

35 Organization of the motor systems 78

36 Muscle spindle and lower motor neurone 80

37 Spinal cord motor organization and locomotion 82

38 Cortical motor areas 84

39 Primary motor cortex 86

40 Cerebellum 88

41 Basal ganglia: anatomy and physiology 92

42 Basal ganglia diseases and their treatment 94

Part 5 Consciousness and higher brain function

43 Reticular formation and sleep 96

44 Consciousness and theory of mind 98

45 Limbic system and long-term potentiation 100

46 Memory 102

47 Emotion, motivation and drug addiction 104

48 Neural plasticity and neurotrophic factors I: the peripheral nervous system 106

49 Neural plasticity and neurotrophic factors II: the central nervous system 108

Part 6 Applied neurobiology: the principles of neurology and psychiatry

50 Approach to the patient with neurological problems 110

51 Examination of the nervous system 112

52 Investigation of the nervous system 114

53 Imaging of the central nervous system 116

54 Clinical disorders of the sensory systems 118

55 Clinical disorders of the motor system 120

56 Eye movements 122

57 Neurochemical disorders I: affective disorders 124

58 Neurochemical disorders II: schizophrenia 126

59 Neurochemical disorders III: anxiety 128

60 Neurodegenerative disorders 130

61 Neurophysiological disorders: epilepsy 132

62 Neuroimmunological disorders 134

63 Neurogenetic disorders 136

64 Cerebrovascular disease 138

65 Neuroradiological anatomy 140

Part 7 Self-assessment case studies

Case studies and questions 143

Answers 148

Index 153

A companion website is available for this book at: www.ataglanceseries.com/neuroscience

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Author Information

Roger A. Barker - Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair and Department of Neurology, University of Cambridge

Francesca Cicchetti - Centre de Recherche du CHUL (CHUQ), Universitie Laval, Quebec

Michael J. Neal - Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology, King's College, London

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