Neuroscience at a Glance / Edition 3

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This third edition of one of the most popular titles in the at a Glance series contains essential integrated information on anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and pharmacology to provide a review of the structure and function of the nervous system. Neuroscience at a Glance is the perfect introduction and revision aid to this notoriously difficult subject area and features:
  • New chapters on consciousness, memory, emotion and drug addiction, and imaging the nervous system
  • Highly visual presentation with full-colour illustrations and the inclusion of high-quality CT and other neurological scans
  • Self-assessment case studies to make revision more rewarding
  • A companion website at with self-assessment, case studies, a glossary, further reading and other useful information.

Neuroscience at a Glance will appeal to medical students, biomedical science students and junior doctors. In addition, the text is a suitable companion for nurses and other students of allied health.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: Major advances in neuroimaging required a third edition of this popular book on neuroscience, which was last published in 2003.
Purpose: The main purpose is to enable students to focus on and understand difficult aspects in neuroscience.
Audience: Neurologists, neuroscientists, and health science students are the main audience.
Features: Three authors contribute the 60 chapters in this book. The illustrations, mostly in color, are self-explanatory and help readers understand concepts acquired from other major textbooks, such as Kandel et al.'s Principles of Neural Science, 4th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2000). However, there are not a lot of images representing current neuroscience. There are no images of intracranial atherosclerosis, vertebrobasilar insufficiency, molecular imaging for degenerative diseases, and other examples of recent technologies. Most of the concepts were explained in the previous edition and an online update would be very helpful. It is, however, a good book for most health science libraries.
Assessment: This is a good book, but the third edition may not be necessary, since most of the concepts were previously addressed and there are not enough new illustrations to justify another edition. It is comparable to its previous edition with very few updates.
From the Publisher
"An authoritative text coupled with a wealth of illustrations makes it a delightful read.... This book breaks new ground in presentation of complex subject matter and will remain popular with students of the neurosciences." (Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, February 2009)

“A good book for health science libraries.” (Doody's Book Reviews, October 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405150453
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/9/2008
  • Series: At a Glance Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Barker: Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair and Deaprtment of Neurology, Addenbrooke's Hospital and Cambridge Medical School, UK

Stephen Barasi: School of Medicine, University of Wales Medical School, UK

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Table of Contents



List of abbreviations.

Part 1 Anatomical and functional organization.

1 The organization of the nervous system.

2 The development of the nervous system.

3 The cells of the nervous system I: Neurones.

4 The cells of the nervous system II: Neuroglial cells.

5 Ion channels.

6 The resting membrane and action potential.

7 The neuromuscular junction and synapses.

8 Nerve conduction and synaptic integration.

9 Neurotransmitters, receptors and their pathways.

10 Skeletal muscle structure.

11 Skeletal muscle contraction.

12 The organization of the spinal cord.

13 Anatomy of the brainstem.

14 Cranial nerves.

15 The organization of the cerebral cortex.

16 The autonomic nervous system.

17 The hypothalamus.

18 Meninges and cerebrospinal fl uid.

19 Blood supply of the central nervous system.

Part 2 Sensory systems.

20 Sensory systems: An overview.

21 Sensory transduction.

22 The somatosensory system.

23 Pain systems I: Nociceptors and nociceptive pathways.

24 Pain systems II: Pharmacology and management.

25 The visual system I: The eye and retina.

26 The visual system II: The visual pathways and subcortical visual areas.

27 The visual system III: Visual cortical areas.

28 The auditory system I: The ear and cochlea.

29 The auditory system II: The auditory pathways and language.

30 The vestibular system.

31 Olfaction and taste.

32 Association cortices: The posterior parietal and prefrontal cortex.

33 Clinical disorders of the sensory pathways.

Part 3 Motor systems.

34 The organization of the motor systems.

35 The muscle spindle and lower motorneurone.

36 Spinal cord motor organization and locomotion.

37 The cortical motor areas.

38 Primary motor cortex.

39 The cerebellum.

40 The basal ganglia: Anatomy and physiology.

41 Basal ganglia diseases and their treatment.

42 Eye movements.

43 Clinical disorders of the motor system.

Part 4 Consciousness and higher brain function.

44 The reticular formation and sleep.

45 Consciousness, theory of mind and general anaesthesia.

46 The limbic system and long-term potentiation.

47 Memory.

48 Emotion, motivation and drug addiction.

49 Neural plasticity and neurotrophic factors I: The peripheral nervous system.

50 Neural plasticity and neurotrophic factors II: The central nervous system.

51 Examination of the nervous system.

52 Investigation of the nervous system.

53 Imaging of the central nervous system.

54 Neurochemical disorders I: Affective disorders.

55 Neurochemical disorders II: Schizophrenia.

56 Neurochemical disorders III: Anxiety.

57 Neurodegenerative disorders.

58 Neurophysiological disorders: Epilepsy.

59 Neuroimmunological disorders.

60 Neurogenetic disorders.

Part 5 Self-assessment case studies.

Case studies and questions.


Appendix 1: Major neurotransmitter types.

Appendix 2a: Ascending sensory pathways in the spinal cord.

Appendix 2b: Descending motor tracts.

Appendix 3: Functional and anatomical systems of the cerebellum.

Appendix 4: References.


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