Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance 4th Edition PDF

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Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance 4th Edition PDF

Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance 4th Edition PDF



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Preface

Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance is designed primarily for medical students as a revision text or review of basic neuroscience 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 knowledge of basic neuroscience. In addition, the changing nature of medical training has meant that rather than teaching being discipline 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 neuroscience with reference to clinical disorders, such that the material is set in a clinical context with the later chapters being more clinically 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 burgeoning of a host of neurological disorders secondary to a channelopathy. 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.


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