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Neuroscience at a Glance is designed to provide medical students and other allied health students who require a concise guide to neuroscience, with a quick review of a traditionally complex field.

The authors successfully integrate anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and pharmacology to provide a review of the structure and function of the nervous system. Although not a clinical neurology text, the second edition includes four new chapters on Examination of the Nervous System, Investigation of the Nervous System, Clinical Disorders of the Sensory Pathways and Clinical Disorders of the Motor Pathways. The introduction of these new chapters provides excellent clinical relevence for readers while the book continues to provide accessible up-to-date explanations of neuroscience.

All in all, the second edition of Neuroscience at a Glance provides students with an invaluable review of this complex subject.

"Neuroscience at a Glance gives you just the right amount of information presented in a student-friendly format...There is also a free online companion to the book at containing glossaries and relevant further reading signposts which I found useful.

In my opinion, it gives the student everything needed to learn about and understand the working of the brain and spinal cord without bogging you down by over-complicating things."

"Neuroscience. would have been much easier to understand if I had had this book"

Barts and the London Chronicle

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405111249
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Series: At a Glance Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Barker and Dr Barrassi are both successful teachers and Neuroscientists based in Britain. Professor Neal is the author of the bestselling Medical Pharmacology at a Glance.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
List of abbreviations 8
Pt. 1 The anatomical and functional organization of the nervous system
1 The organization of the nervous system 10
2 The development of the nervous system 12
3 The cells of the nervous system I: Neurones 14
4 The cells of the nervous system II: Neuroglial cells 16
5 Ion channels 18
6 The resting membrane and action potential 20
7 The neuromuscular junction and synapses 22
8 Nerve conduction and synaptic integration 24
9 Neurotransmitters, receptors and their pathways 26
10 Skeletal muscle structure 28
11 Skeletal muscle contraction 30
12 The organization of the spinal cord 32
13 Anatomy of the brainstem 34
14 Cranial nerves 36
15 The organization of the cerebral cortex 38
16 Meninges and cerebrospinal fluid 40
17 Blood supply of the central nervous system 42
Pt. 2 Sensory systems
18 Sensory systems: an overview 44
19 Sensory transduction 46
20 The somatosensory system 48
21 Pain system I: Nocioceptors and nocioceptive pathways 50
22 Pain system II: Pharmacology and management 52
23 The visual system I: The eye and retina 54
24 The visual system II: The visual pathways and subcortical visual areas 56
25 The visual system III: Visual cortical areas 58
26 The auditory system I: The ear and cochlea 60
27 The auditory system II: The auditory pathways and language 62
28 The vestibular system 64
29 Olfaction and taste 66
30 Association cortices: the posterior parietal and prefrontal cortex 68
31 Clinical disorders of the sensory pathways 70
Pt. 3 Motor systems
32 The organization of the motor systems 72
33 The muscle spindle and lower motorneurone 74
34 Spinal cord motor organization and locomotion 76
35 The cortical motor areas 78
36 Primary motor cortex 80
37 The cerebellum 82
38 The basal ganglia: anatomy and physiology 84
39 Basal ganglia diseases and their treatment 86
40 Eye movements 88
41 Clinical disorders of the motor system 90
Pt. 4 Automatic, limbic, brainstem systems and plasticity
42 Autonomic nervous system 92
43 The hypothalamus 94
44 The reticular formation and sleep 96
45 The limbic system, long-term potentiation and memory 98
46 Neural plasticity and neurotrophic factors I: The peripheral nervous system 100
47 Neural plasticity and neurotrophic factors II: The central nervous system 102
Pt. 5 Disorders of the nervous system
48 Examination of the nervous system 104
49 Investigation of the nervous system 106
50 Neurochemical disorders I: Affective disorders and schizophrenia 108
51 Neurochemical disorders II: Anxiety 110
52 Neurodegenerative disorders 112
53 Neurophysiological disorders: epilepsy 114
54 Neuroimmunological disorders 116
55 Neurogenetic disorders 118
App. 1 Major neurotransmitter types 120
App. 2a Ascending sensory pathways in the spinal cord 121
App. 2b Descending motor tracts 121
App. 3 Functional and anatomical systems of the cerebellum 122
Index 123
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