Clinical Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple - Part 1

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CLINICAL NEUZflANATOMY - -. . ridiculouslv Stephen Goldberg, M. D.
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........................................................ Preface 1 Chapter ........................................ 1 General Organization 3 2 Blood Supply . Meninges and Spinal Fluid ....................... 8 3 Spinal Cord .............................................. .19 ................................................. 4 Brain Stem 28 5 Visual System 45 ......................... 6 Autonomic System and Hypothalamus 60 7 Cerebellum. Basal Ganglia and Thalamus 67 8 Cerebra1 Cart ex ............................................. 71 9 Clinical Review ............................................ -74 ...................................................... Glossary -85 ......................................................... Index 88
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PREFACE Clinical hreuro~nalomy Made Ridiculousb Simple is a book intended to help medical students rapidly master that part of neuromatorny that is es- sential to clinical care. It is also of practical vahe to nurses and paramedical personnel who are confronted with neurological problems. This book was written to fdfiil the need for a brief, but wadable, summary of clinically relevant pefianatomy, with examples of medical cases. It is common for neuroanatamy texts to be toe greatly oriented toward basic science. They provide Far more detail than is necessary to approach clinical situations in neurology. As a result the student becomes confused by mazes of circuitries, often unable to see clinical neuroanatomy as a composite whole and unable to remember essential features. The student requires two types of books when studying the basic sciences. One is a large, standard reference text which treats the subject as a basic Clinical Neuroartaromy Made Ridiculously Simple is of the second type, a very small book which focuses directly on the clinically pertinent aspects that basic It is not a synopsis neuroanatomy; synopses simply condense larger books and ate insufficient for the medical student's needs. Smaller, clinically-oriented books must eliminate those aspects of the basic science which have little clinical bearing and emphasize those aspects vital to patient care. Consequently, this book underemphasizes the internal circuitry of cerebellum, thalamus, and basic ganglia as such knowledge helps little in dealings with neurological problems. However, major organi- zation the spinal cord brain stem is strongly emphasized, this knowledge is vital in neurological localization and diagnosis. The major pathways in spinal cord are presented simultaneously, rather than in succession, to facilitate comparisons among the pathways. Three of the seven categories the motor and sensory nuclei have been eliminated in the radi- cally different presentation the brain stem as a modified spinal cord with only four categories of nuclei: somatic motor, visceral motor, somatic sensory, visceral sensory. The mnemonics and humor in this book do not intend any disrespect for patients or original investigators. They are employed an educational device, as it is well known that the best memory techniques involve the use of ridicu- lous associations. It is unfortunate this approach is not attempted more frequently in medical education.
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