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Neuroscience at a Glance (Blackwell At a Glance Series)

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Neuroscience at a Glance provides a clear and comprehensive account of neuroscience in just 128 pages. Roger A. Barker and his co-authors, Stephen Barasi and Michael J. Neal, have created simple yet elegant diagrams with concise accompanying text in the easy-to-follow format of the "At a Glance" series. The book integrates basic science with clinical disorders that result from aberrations of normal structure and function.

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Overview

Neuroscience at a Glance provides a clear and comprehensive account of neuroscience in just 128 pages. Roger A. Barker and his co-authors, Stephen Barasi and Michael J. Neal, have created simple yet elegant diagrams with concise accompanying text in the easy-to-follow format of the "At a Glance" series. The book integrates basic science with clinical disorders that result from aberrations of normal structure and function.

Key features of the book:

  • A page of illustrations always accompanies a facing page of text, providing the reader with discrete 'bite size' learning units.
  • Cross-referencing between chapters facilitates an integrated picture of neuroscience.
  • Two glossaries providing clear explanations of both clinical neurological and neuroscientific jargon are available on the Internet.
  • Examples of important clinical disorders pertaining to each topic are explained within the text.
  • The focus in on the fundamental principles of medical neuroscience - all extraneous information is excluded.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Konstantin V. Slavin, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a brief overview of basic medical neuroscience, primarily neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, using large annotated schematic illustrations and short accompanying explanations.
Purpose: The authors state their objective is to provide a clear and comprehensible amount of neuroscience in just 128 pages. This is a great way to introduce complicated topics to beginners in the field. The authors perfectly accomplish their objective.
Audience: The book is designed primarily for undergraduate medical students, but most physicians and neuroscientists at more advanced stages of their training will also benefit from reading it. The authors are university neuroscientists from Cambridge and Cardiff.
Features: The book is divided into sections of anatomy and functional organization, and sensory, motor, and autonomic systems. In a separate section plasticity and specific neural disorders are discussed. All these areas are well covered. A unique feature is two additional glossaries that are available as free companions through the Internet. There is an appendix about neurotransmitters and a brief index. Several illustrations are mislabeled or misaligned, but this does not decrease the usefulness of the book.
Assessment: This is an excellent review of medical neuroscience that is designed for easy and fast studying or course preparation. The authors make the book very readable and yet comprehensive through use of accurate and detailed illustrations and a combination of basic science elements with multiple clinical examples.
Konstantin V. Slavin
This is a brief overview of basic medical neuroscience, primarily neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, using large annotated schematic illustrations and short accompanying explanations. The authors state their objective is to provide a clear and comprehensible amount of neuroscience in just 128 pages. This is a great way to introduce complicated topics to beginners in the field. The authors perfectly accomplish their objective. The book is designed primarily for undergraduate medical students, but most physicians and neuroscientists at more advanced stages of their training will also benefit from reading it. The authors are university neuroscientists from Cambridge and Cardiff. The book is divided into sections of anatomy and functional organization, and sensory, motor, and autonomic systems. In a separate section plasticity and specific neural disorders are discussed. All these areas are well covered. A unique feature is two additional glossaries that are available as free companions through the Internet. There is an appendix about neurotransmitters and a brief index. Several illustrations are mislabeled or misaligned, but this does not decrease the usefulness of the book. This is an excellent review of medical neuroscience that is designed for easy and fast studying or course preparation. The authors make the book very readable and yet comprehensive through use of accurate and detailed illustrations and a combination of basic science elements with multiple clinical examples.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865428690
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Series: Blackwell At a Glance Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

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