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Central Nervous System : Structure and Function

Central Nervous System : Structure and Function - 3rd edition

Central Nervous System : Structure and Function - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 9780195165609

ISBN10: 0195165608

Central Nervous System : Structure and Function by Per Brodal - ISBN 9780195165609
Edition: 3RD 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
International: No
Central Nervous System : Structure and Function by Per Brodal - ISBN 9780195165609

ISBN13: 9780195165609

ISBN10: 0195165608

Edition: 3RD 04

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A major goal of this well-established textbook is to provide knowledge and understanding of neuroscience as a basis for clinical thinking. The strong emphasis on linking basic sciences with their clinical application has implications for the choices of which topics to treat in depth and which to treat more summarily - making this different from most other neuroscience textbooks. For example, topics of great practical importance like the cranial nerves, the autonomic nervous system, and pain are treated in depth. The book provides clear descriptions of brain structures and relates them to their functional properties by incorporating data ranging from molecular biology to clinical neurology and psychiatry. The focus is on fostering understanding of how the brain works rather than on the memorization of many details. Critical thinking is encouraged by providing information about the scientific basis for many "facts," and pointing out where the evidence is insufficient to reach final conclusions. The many two-color illustrations - based on the author's long experience in teaching medical students - make it easy to grasp complex structural and functional relationships.

The third edition goes further than the previous ones in integrating material from all fields of the neurosciences. Two new chapters have been included on the vestibular system and control of eye movements, and all other chapters have been thoroughly revised. Although new material has been added, the total length of the text is virtually unchanged due to careful re-writing and elimination of less important material. There are many completely new figures and numerous others have been redrawn to enhance clarity.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I: Main Features of Structure and Function

1. Cellular Elements of Nervous Tissue
2. Functional Properties of Neurons
3. The Different Parts of the Nervous System
4. Development, Aging, and Plasticity of the Nervous System

Part II: Sensory System

5. Sensory Receptors in General
6. The Somatosensory System
7. The Visual System
8. The Auditory System
9. The Sense of Equilibrium
10. Olfaction and Taste

Part III: Motor Systems

11. The Peripheral Motor Neurons and Reflexes
12. Central Motor Pathways
13. The Basal Ganglia
14. The Cerebellum
15. Control of Eye Movements

Part IV: The Brain Stem and the Cranial Nerves

16. Reticular Formation
17. Cranial Nerves

Part V.: The Autonomic Nervous System

18. Peripheral Autonomic Nervous System
19. Central Autonomic Nervous System

Part VI: The Cerebral Cortex and Limbic Structures

20. Limbic Structures - Emotions and Memory
21. Cerebral Cortex