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Chapter 13 Chapter Objectives INTRODUCTION 1. Give a general overview of the function of the spinal cord and its interactions with the brain and peripheral nerves. SPINAL CORD ANATOMY Protective Structures 2. Review the structure of the vertebrae and associated connective tissue coverings, and how they protect the spinal cord and spinal nerves. 3. Describe the characteristics and purpose of the three layers, spaces, and attachments of the meningeal structures. 4. Explain how, where and why a spinal tap is performed. External Anatomy of the Spinal Cord 5. Describe the external features of the spinal cord and nerves, and discuss its relative length within the vertebral column during development. 6. Discuss the location and role of spinal enlargements. 7. Describe the features of the spinal nerves as they emerge from the vertebral column. Internal Anatomy of the Spinal Cord 8. Describe the anatomic positions of gray and white matter within a cross section of the spinal cord, the cell bodies within their relationships with the spinal nerves, and spinal tracts leading to and from the brain.
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