Medical Neurobiology

Hardcover | May 1, 2011

byPeggy Mason

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This single-author text introduces the student to the fundamentals of the nervous system as it relates to the practice of medicine and human health. The workings of the nervous system are communicated in easy to understand language. The text emphasizes the contribution of the nervous systemto diverse and common medical disorders, some of which are primarily neurological in nature (stroke, Parkinson's disease, hearing loss) and many of which are the domain of non-neurological specialities such as ophthalmology, ear-nose-throat, cardiology, medicine and the like (myopia, hearing loss,hypertension, sleep apnea, and asthma). The writing style is simple, clear and literary. Chapters can be read in a single sitting. Important concepts are presented both clearly and thoroughly, rendering this textbook appropriate for both the student who is learning about the nervous system for the first time and the student with previousknowledge of neurobiology. Medical Neurobiology is wholly concentrated on the human nervous system. Subjects without clinical relevance such as invertebrate neurobiology, cat or leech locomotion, or sound localization are not covered. On the other hand, subjects with significant clinical relevance such as walking, makingfacial expressions, cranial nerve functions, breathing, hearing and seeing are covered in depth. In essence, rather than teach either basic neurobiology or neurology, this book aims to communicate the relevance of the nervous system to the practice of every medical specialty from cardiology todermatology, neonatology, pediatrics, geriatrics, pulmonology, ophthalmology, and so on. Thus, Medical Neurobiology teaches, explains and clarifies neurobiological concepts that will impact every health professional.

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This single-author text introduces the student to the fundamentals of the nervous system as it relates to the practice of medicine and human health. The workings of the nervous system are communicated in easy to understand language. The text emphasizes the contribution of the nervous systemto diverse and common medical disorders, som...

Peggy Mason was educated at Harvard (BA '83, PhD '87) and did postdoctoral work at the University of California-San Francisco. She has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago since 1992 where she has had the privilege of introducing first year medical students to neurobiology. She is now Professor of Neurobiology.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195339975

ISBN - 13:9780195339970

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Section 1: Introduction1. Introduction to the nervous system2. Cells of the nervous system: neurons and glia3. Developmental overview of neuroanatomy: the tube within the brainSection 2: Neural communication4. The neuron at rest5. Electrical communication within a neuron6. Neurotransmitter release7. Synthesis, packaging and termination of neurotransmitters8. Receiving the synaptic messageSection 3: Neuroanatomy9. Spinal cord: conduit between body and brain10. Cranial nerves: Brain sentries11. Brainstem organization12. Inside the brainstem: Cranial nerve nuclei and long-distance connections13. Forebrain: Action, perception, emotion, thought14. Following the nutrients: blood supply, blood-brain barrier, and ventriclesSection 4: Perception15. Perceiving the world16. Seeing the world17. Audition: communication portal18. Somatosensation: Focus on pain19. The vestibular sense: balance and equilibriumSection 5: Motor control20. Motor control: From muscle contraction to action21. The motor unit and orderly recruitment22. Reflexes and gait23. From movement to action: postural stability, orienting and praxis24. Cerebellum25. Basal ganglia: action selection26. Gaze controlSection 6: Homeostasis27. Homeostatic systems: Staying aliveSection 7: You and the brain28. The brain in a physician's lifeIndex