Neuroscience: Fundamentals for Rehabilitation / Edition 4

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This practical guide connects the theory of neuroscience with real-world clinical application by utilizing first person accounts of neurological disorders and in-depth case studies. It also provides clear descriptions of a complete range of neurological disorders. Special features such as "at-a-glance" summaries, pathology boxes, and hundreds of full-color illustrations, enhance the learning experience and make it easy to master the fundamentals of neuroscience rehabilitation.

  • Systems approach to neuroscience helps you develop a fuller understanding of concepts in the beginning of the text and apply them to new clinical disorders later in the text.
  • Five sections: Cellular Level, Development, Systems, Regions, and Support Systems show how neural cells operate first, and then help you apply that knowledge while developing an understanding of systems neuroscience.
  • UNIQUE! An emphasis on neuroscience issues critical for practice of physical rehabilitation such as abnormal muscle tone, chronic pain, and control of movement.
  • Evidence-based content has been updated to reflect the most recent research.
  • Patient experience boxes at the beginning of each chapter give insight from actual patients and the patients’ experiences with disorders discussed in the text.
  • Clinical notes case studies include bulleted information relevant to the clinician.
  • NEW! Chapter on pain will help students understand the physiological origins of pain and how it can be treated.
  • NEW! Color standardization in anatomy images will familiarize you with structures and their functions across systems.

The book contains color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Kerry Gill DeLuca
This book introduces the reader to the basics of neuroscience with specific focus on information that is clinically relevant to physical rehabilitation. The author met her objectives by writing an introductory text for entry-level clinicians which emphasizes clinically relevant neuroscience while avoiding excessive detail. The three chapters introducing basic neuroscience are the work of an eminently qualified contributor. Although the intended audience seems to be physical therapists, this book would be useful to medical students, junior residents in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and other beginning members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team. It introduces neuroscience, starting at the cellular level, moving to system levels, and concluding with a description of pathophysiology related to specific anatomic locations. The focus is always on conditions which will be seen by physical therapists in practice. The strengths of the book rest in the clinical correlations, the highlighted summaries with the ""take-home"" points that conclude many sections, excellent pictures and diagrams, a comprehensive glossary, and the clinical case scenarios/questions at the end of each chapter. Shortcomings include a paucity of references in some chapters, and atlas pictures that are too small to be useful. This clearly written book accomplishes the author's objective of introducing the reader to neuroscience while keeping the focus on subjects relevant to ""entry-level clinicians."" It purposely lacks the depth of standard neuroscience texts, such as Kandel and Schwartz's Principles of Neural Science, 3rd edition (Appleton & Lange 1991), but as a result, thematerial is easier to read and comprehend.
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Reviewer: Christopher J Hughes, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: This is a presentation of the fundamental aspects of neuroscience in the context of clinical application for rehabilitation professionals. The previous editions were published in 2002 and 1998.
Purpose: The author's intended purpose remains consistent with previous editions. Material in the field of neuroscience has been included on the basis of its clinical importance in aiding in therapists' understanding of neurologic disorders. The integration of basic science and clinical rehabilitation is a worthy objective, and this book accomplishes its goal.
Audience: The book is primarily written for students in the field of physical therapy. The format and presentation of the information in the form of web-based tools, animations, case studies, clinical notes, and chapter questions make it ideal as an academic text. The author is a professor of physical therapy and is well qualified to present this work.
Features: The book is well organized into five major sections that cover topics at a cellular level; development; systems (somatosensory, autonomic, and motor); regions (peripheral nervous system, spinal region, brainstem and cerebellar and cerebrum); and support systems which include the blood supply and the cerebrospinal fluid system. There are numerous excellent features. Excellent graphics and illustrations in the book are accompanied by animations on an easy to load CD-ROM. Disease profiles with personal patient stories and relevant clinical case presentations are but a few highlights. A color atlas depicts prosections of the brain and is partnered with line drawings of labeled structures on opposite pages to allow the reader to study topographic anatomy. The companion web site for students and instructors includes many useful resources. Finally, review questions and case examples at the end of each chapter are coupled with an answer key at the end of the book. A glossary of terms makes it easy for readers to learn key words. Although not as lengthy or wordy as leading neuroscience books, the information is successfully edited to provide readers with "need to know" vs. "nice to know" information.
Assessment: The additions and new features justify this third edition. The author has made a valiant attempt at updating and revising information in many areas to keep readers current with the latest research. This will serve as an excellent resource for both students in training and experienced clinicians.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455706433
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 125,077
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1: Introduction to Neuroscience

Part 1: Neuroscience at the Cellular Level

2. Physical and Electrical Properties of Cells in the Nervous System

3. Synapses and Synaptic Transmissions

4. Neuroplasticity

Part 2: Development of the Nervous System

5. Development of the Nervous System

Part 3: Neuroscience at the System Level

6. Somatosensory System

7. Somatosensation: Clinical Applications

8. Neuropathic Pain, Pain Matrix Dysfunction, and Pain Syndromes

9. Autonomic Nervous System

10. Normal Motor System: Motor Neurons

11. Basal Ganglia, Cerebellum, and Movement

Part 4: Neuroscience at the Regional Level

12. Peripheral Nervous System

13. Spinal Region

14. Cranial Nerves

15. Brain Stem Region

16. Vestibular and Visual Systems

17. Cerebrum

18. Cerebrum: Clinical Applications

Part 5: Support Systems

19. Support Systems: Blood Supply and Cerebrospinal Fluid System


Appendix A: Gross Anatomy Atlas


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