Clinical Neuroanatomy / Edition 7

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Organized classically by system, this popular text gives medical and health professions students a complete, clinically oriented introduction to neuroanatomy. Each chapter begins with clear objectives, includes clinical cases, and ends with clinical notes, clinical problem-solving, and review questions. Hundreds of full-color illustrations, diagnostic images, and color photographs enhance the text.

This Seventh Edition features new information relating the different parts of the skull to the brain areas, expanded coverage of brain development and neuroplasticity, and updated information on stem cell research.

A companion Website includes the fully searchable text and 454 USMLE-style review questions with answers and explanations.

Updated national board type questions, new CAT scans, MR images, PET scans, tables, etc.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: John K. Hubbard, PhD, PT (Texas A&M University Health Science Center)
Description: This seventh edition clinical neuroanatomy book includes a few significant revisions and additions along with access to an interactive online review/test section that replaces the CD enclosed with the sixth edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the functional organization of the nervous system with an emphasis on the ways in which injury and/or disease result in neurologic deficits. The author has tried to limit the amount of factual information to that which is clinically important by deleting obsolete material and adding new relevant content. New material includes an enhanced introductory chapter on brain development, additional information on the anatomy of the skull and its relationship with different parts of the brain, and updates on neural plasticity and stem cell research. The book achieves its global objective of providing the requisite amount of anatomical information paired with the clinical significance of each structure or pathway.
Audience: The book is intended for, and fulfills the needs of, students and practitioners in the healthcare professions who require basic neuroanatomical knowledge including fundamental morphology and pathways. The author has long been recognized as an expert in the field, with many years of service as a physician and educator in the anatomical sciences.
Features: An introduction to the organization of the nervous system begins the book, which then goes through the microanatomy of the nervous system, followed by an ascent from the spinal cord through the cerebrum. Chapters cover the specialized regions, structures, nuclear collections, and functional neural areas. The book concludes with structures that are germane to the entire nervous system including the meninges, ventricular system, CSF, blood supply, and embryologic development. The book includes a well photographed and labeled color atlas of the brain, although the photographic plates are not of an optimal size. I would like to see the chapters that are germane to the entire nervous system, especially the chapter on embryologic development, at the beginning of the book rather that at the end, since problems arising from these structures are the root cause of many of the clinical pathologies that the book so clearly and succinctly discusses and illustrates.
Assessment: This is a well written book, worthy of inclusion as a primary textbook for graduate and medical level neuroanatomy courses. It is reader friendly while offering necessary facts and relevant clinical correlations. This edition has updated and added information which, along with the online access and review/test section, makes this a very worthwhile revision.
This thoroughly revised and updated edition (second was 1987) of Dr. Snell's popular text presents the practical aspects of neuroanatomy in a simplified manner for first and second year medical students, as well as dental and allied health students. The wealth of illustrations are purposely simple and mainly diagrammatic. National Board type questions have been included at the end of each chapter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781794275
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/30/2009
  • Edition description: Seventh
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 484,847
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

  • CHAPTER 1 Introduction and Organization of the Nervous System
  • CHAPTER 2 The Neurobiology of the Neuron and the Neuroglia
  • CHAPTER 3 Nerve Fibers, Peripheral Nerves, Receptor and Effector Endings, Dermatomes, and Muscle Activity
  • CHAPTER 4 The Spinal Cord and the Ascending and Descending Tracts
  • CHAPTER 5 The Brainstem
  • CHAPTER 6 The Cerebellum and Its Connections
  • CHAPTER 7 The Cerebrum
  • CHAPTER 8 The Structure and Functional Localization of the Cerebral Cortex
  • CHAPTER 9 The Reticular Formation and the Limbic System
  • CHAPTER 10 The Basal Nuclei (Basal Ganglia) and Their Connections
  • CHAPTER 11 The Cranial Nerve Nuclei and Their Central Connections and Distribution
  • CHAPTER 12 The Thalamus and Its Connections
  • CHAPTER 13 The Hypothalamus and Its Connections
  • CHAPTER 14 The Autonomic Nervous System
  • CHAPTER 15 The Meninges of the Brain and Spinal Cord
  • CHAPTER 16 The Ventricular System, the Cerebrospinal Fluid, and the Blood-Brain and Blood-Cerebrospinal Fluid Barriers
  • CHAPTER 17 The Blood Supply of the Brain and Spinal Cord
  • CHAPTER 18 The Development of the Nervous System

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This book provides the basic neuroanatomical facts necessary for the practice of medicine, It is designed for first and second year medical students, dental students, and allied health students. Neurological residents have found the book to be of great help during their rotations.

The information provides students with an understanding of the functional organization of the nervous system and clearly indicates how injury and disease can result in neurological deficits. The book prepares the student to interpret the many symptoms and signs presented by a neurological patient so that he or she may confidently make a diagnosis, and, where possible, institute appropriate treatment. The amount of factual information has been strictly limited to that which is clinically important. This is not a book for the Basic Neuroscientist in training.

As we enter the second millenium, with the explosion of knowledge of the normal and pathophysiological structure of the nervous system, faculty and students should pause and seriously consider what information is strictly necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Gone are the days when students were presented with masses of detail involving complicated neural connections, which not only confused the student but prevented them from recalling the essential features at the bedside.

The fifth edition has been substantially reorganized. Many of the topics have been grouped together to avoid repetition and many duplicated figures have been eliminated. The content of each chapter has been updated, obsolete material discarded and new material added.

As in the previous edition, the design of each chapter allows the reader easy access and fast retrieval of information.

Each chapter is divided into the following categories:

1. Clinical Example. A short case report that serves to dramatize the relevance of neuroanatomy introduces each chapter. 2. Chapter Outline. A list of selected headings with page numbers is provided so that immediate access is possible. This information is supplied in addition to the detailed index at the end of the book. 3. Chapter Objectives. This section details the material that is most important to learn and understand in each chapter. It emphasizes the basic information in the area being studied. This section also points out information on which examiners have repeatedly asked questions in national examinations. 4. Basic Neuroanatomy. This section provides basic information on neuroanatomical structures that are of clinical importance. Numerous examples of normal radiographs, CT scans, MRIs, and PET scans are also provided. Many cross-sectional diagrams have been included to stimulate students to think in terms of three-dimensional anatomy, which is so important in the interpretation of CT scans and MR images. 5. Clinical Notes. This section provides the practical application of neuroanatomical facts that are essential in clinical practice. It emphasizes the structures that the physician will encounter when making a diagnosis and treating a patient. It also provides the information necessary to understand many procedures and techniques and notes the anatomical "pitfalls" commonly encountered. 6. Clinical Problem Solving. This section provides the student with many examples of clinical situations in which a knowledge of neuroanatomy is necessary to solve clinical problems and to institute treatment" solutions to the problems are provided at the end of the chapter. 7. Review Questions. The purpose of the questions is threefold: to focus attention on areas of importance, to enable students to assess their areas of weakness, and to provide a form of self-evaluation when questions are answered under examination conditions. Some of the questions are centered around a clinical problem that requires a neuroanatomical answer. Solutions to the problem are provided at the end of each chapter.

The book is extensively illustrated. The majority of the figures have been kept simple; color has been used throughout this book. The number of tables in this edition has been increased. References to neuroanatomical literature are included should readers wish to acquire a deeper knowledge of an area of interest.

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