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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.