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Delivers subject matter simply yet meaningfully . . .

As burgeoning research advances the field of neuroscience, instructors face the formidable challenge of imparting this ever-increasing and heterogenous body of information to students. Essential Neuroscience, Second Edition is the coherent, balanced solution.

Rated outstanding with highest 5-star ranking in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
This highly acclaimed second edition covers fundamental neuroscience topics, integrating essential information with clinical and physiological considerations, providing students with multiple opportunities for review and self-testing, and presenting the latest relevant developments in neuroscience.

Proven building-block approach preferred by faculty and students alike.
Beginning with the building block of neuroscience, the neuron, the text unfolds the story of human brain function. From analysis of a single neuron, the authors enlarge the discussion to neuronal communication; guide us through the essentials of spinal cord and brain anatomy; detail the sensory, motor, and integrative systems; and finally illustrate the most complex functions and dysfunctions of the nervous system. This stepwise, basic-to-complex approach is the synthesis of 30 years of teaching experience and improves student performance on exams.


  • Enhanced topics throughout
  • Integration of material where sequentially and functionally relevant
  • More than 50 revised and 8 all-new illustrations
  • Chapter Summary Tables
  • Expanded Glossary
  • In-depth study of selected topics to accommodate dental students


  • Six sections organize chapters into cohesive blocks of information.
  • Learning Objectives launch each chapter by focusing students on key chapter information.
  • Updated, full-color art program abounds with more than 400 illustrations and neuroimaging that reflect appropriate detail and complement the text.
  • Tables and outlines organize chapter material in high-yield format for effective student review.
  • Concise yet comprehensive presentation of material ensures that students learn what they need to know without bogging them down with excess information.
  • Balanced integration of anatomy, biology, physiology, and chemistry gives students a well-rounded understanding of neuroscience.
  • In-depth coverage of topics frequently tested on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)—including structure, function, and deficits of individual cranial nerves; vascular syndromes of the brainstem; and behavioral disorders—gives students an edge in test prep.
  • Latest developments in neuroscience keep students at the front of discovery.
  • Clinical Cases provide the clinical application of chapter concepts.
  • USMLE-style and course review-style questions test retention of key concepts in each chapter and help students prepare for course and board examinations.
  • Comprehensive Glossary defines key terms and concepts bolded throughout the text.
  • Online access via thePoint to the fully searchable text (including images), an image bank for faculty with labels on/off, interactive Q&A, and more.

Essential Neuroscience offers medical and health professions students a concise, clinically relevant text that gives equal weight to the branches of science represented within neuroscience: anatomy, physiology, biology, and chemistry. In this balanced treatment, it distinguishes itself from other competing textbooks.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: The field of neuroscience experienced a major developmental explosion over the past few decades, most of which was related to the extensive acquisition of information from molecular biology, radiology, and neurology linked to the clinical presentation of patients with diverse neurological conditions.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to present basic neuroscience topics with a focus on concepts essential to the practice of medicine.
Audience: Neurologists, neurosurgeons, medical students, neuroscientists, and health professionals involved in the management of patients with neurological conditions are the main audience.
Features: As with most neuroscience books, this one uses a progressive systematic approach that includes the subdivisions of the nervous system, the diverse embryologic developmental steps of the brain and spinal cord, and basic neurovascular anatomy. Also in common with other neuroscience books, there is little explanation of the embryology of intracranial vessels and how variations and neurovascular syndromes should be approached and understood. A unique feature of the book is its correlation with easy Internet access and up-to-date information on basic science clinical correlations. However, it is hard to determine the necessity of a revised first edition. How much more information is presented? Is the manner in which the information is presented more effective for busy students getting ready for the USMLE exams? In my view, the answer to those questions is not certain, ditto the need for a revision.
Assessment: This is a good book for medical students, neurologists, and professionals involved in the study of diseases of the central nervous system.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781783835
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 4/19/2010
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 743,923
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


1: Overview of the Central Nervous System

2: Development of the Nervous System

3: Meninges and Cerebrospinal Fluid

4: Blood Supply of the Central Nervous System


5: Histology of the Nervous System

6: Electrophysiology of Neurons

7: Synaptic Transmission

8: Neurotransmitters


9: The Spinal Cord

10: Brainstem I: The Medulla

11: Brainstem II: Pons and Cerebellum

12: Brainstem III: The Midbrain

13: The Forebrain

14: The Cranial Nerves


15: Somatosensory System

16: Visual System

17: Auditory and Vestibular Systems

18: Olfaction and Taste


19: The Upper Motor Neurons

20: The Basal Ganglia

21: The Cerebellum


22: The Autonomic Nervous System

23: The Reticular Formation

24: The Hypothalamus

25: The Limbic System

26: The Thalamus and Cerebral Cortex

27: Vascular Syndromes

28: Behavioral and Psychiatric Disorders



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